Health Ministry Seeks to Limit Family Gatherings on Rosh Hashanah

An Israeli teenager receives a dose of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in Yerushalayim, Aug. 15. (Reuters/ Ronen Zvulun)

The Health Ministry is seeking to limit family gatherings this Rosh Hashanah, ministry Director General Prof. Nachman Ash said earlier this week.

Also reported by Channel 13 news is the likelihood that Jews without Israeli citizenship will not be able to enter Israel for the chagim.

Ash did say, though, that the Health Ministry was “clearly seeing the effects of third shots” in lowering morbidity.

Antibody counts are significantly higher in those who received the booster shots, which could mean longer protection against the virus, lasting 9-12 months.

Eran Segal, a computational biologist at the Weizmann Institute of Science on Channel 12 said: “I think we can say now, still cautiously, that we may be approaching a curbing of this wave. We need a few more days to be certain. After a month and a half of serious cases doubling every 10 days like clockwork, we see this week that this trend has stopped. If we had continued at that pace we would have had 823 serious cases today instead of the current 645.”

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