The Israeli government has approved a total of ten countries, including the United States, Germany, Portugal and Italy, on its “red list” due to the widening of the coronavirus pandemic, after reporting more than a thousand cases per first this Monday Time in more than two months.
The executive has agreed to the ministry’s recommendation to add these countries to the “Red List” despite the fact that, according to the newspaper “The Jerusalem Post”, it still needs the support of Parliament’s law, constitution and health committees.
The measure affects Germany, Belgium, Canada, the US, Hungary, Italy, Morocco, Portugal, Switzerland and Turkey and would take effect on Friday morning if final approval. Israel has added more than 50 countries to this “red list”, mainly in Africa.
The Israeli Ministry of Health reported a total of 1,004 cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours this Monday, bringing the total to 1,356,194 with 8,232 deaths.
It was also reported that there are currently 7,231 active cases, including 81 in severe condition, of which 51 are in critical condition and 16 are on ventilators.
On the flip side, it has been reported that to date 6,454,410 people have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, of which 5,833,481 are already on the full schedule and 4,159,107 have received a third booster dose.
In this regard, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned that the Omicron variant was fueling a fifth wave of infections and urged the population to be careful and get vaccinated to avoid greater pressure on the health system.
So far, 175 cases of the Omicron variant have been confirmed in Israel, 40 of them during the day on Sundays. “I think in three or four weeks, maybe sooner, we’ll see an increase in morbidity that leaves no doubt (about the gravity of the situation),” said Bennett.
“Vaccines for children are safe and are the responsibility of the parents,” he said, according to the newspaper “The Times of Israel”. “Don’t let your children be vulnerable to the Omicron,” argued the Israeli Prime Minister.
“The goal is to break the wave (of coronavirus infections) while we keep the economy and education going, and the goal is to vaccinate the children of Israel. Every expected hour is a lost hour, ”he stated.