“There’s going to be a storm in the coming days,” said Bennett.
On Sunday, over 4,000 people were registered in Israel. new infections; in the last two weeks, there were an average of around 700 of them per day. The epidemic in the country is worsening, despite the fact that the COVID-19 vaccination campaign is going very well. As of July, approximately 4.2 million of the 9.3 million Israelis have received a booster dose.
Benet said at a weekly government meeting in Jerusalem that its goal was to “enable the economy to function as much as possible while protecting the country’s most vulnerable” to COVID-19.
At least 8,244 people have died in Israel since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Israel will go the way of Sweden?
In late December, the Times of Israel reported that the Israeli health ministry was considering implementing the “Swedish model”, i.e. limiting restrictions and allowing as many people as possible to pass the coronavirus infection, to help achieve herd immunity.
Proponents of this solution argue that by allowing the greatest number of people to pass through the infection, they will naturally produce antibodies, and that a large proportion of Israel’s inhabitants will be protected by vaccines, wrote the Times of Israel. Once population immunity was achieved, the virus would not be completely eradicated, but the number of infections and severe COVID-19 cases and deaths would be significantly reduced.
Such an approach would be similar to the policy pursued by the Swedish authorities in the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, when only restrictions were introduced to protect the most vulnerable groups, allowing the rest of the country to continue a normal life. T.However, the management of the pandemic has been widely criticized, and the Swedish authorities changed their policy over time.
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