Israel Rolls Out Phase 3 of Exit Plan

Police set up temporary roadblocks at the Ein Hemed junction, outside of Yerushalayim, on Feb. 3. (Nati Shohat/FLASH90)

Israel’s government gave the go-ahead Monday night for phase 3 in the exit from quarantine to go ahead. Schools will open grades 7-10 in “green” and “yellow” cities, and restaurants, hotels and outdoor events locations will also resume business.

This announcement came against the advice of corona director, Prof. Nachman Ash. The government is also set to discuss plans to reopen Ben Gurion airport.

Prof. Nachman Ash advised the government to act with caution. “The number of patients in critical condition is the key to measuring the opening of the economy. Opening the economy will cause a rise in the number of infections, which in turn will increase the number of hospitalized patients. I do not want anyone to think that we can just go back to normal and the morbidity rate will not rise. That is not the case.”

Health Minister Yuli Edelstein also said he proposes to move forward on Sunday in line with the original proposal. “We agree that the situation is less worrying than it was before the vaccines,” he said.

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