Almost Two-thirds of Israel's Coronavirus Cases Infected at Home, Knesset Study Finds

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People outside a bar in Jerusalem on July 6, 2020.
People outside a bar in Jerusalem on July 6, 2020.Credit: Emil Salman
Jonathan Lis
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Roughly 65 percent of the cases of coronavirus infections in Israel in which the source of the infection is known involved patients who got the virus in their own homes, the Knesset Research and Information Center reported on Monday.

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According to the center, so far the Health Ministry has released information on the source of infection in 21,562 of the more than 30,000 reported COVID-19 cases in Israel, figures that also include people who have recovered. In 12,581 of the cases, the source of infection is unknown, but the most common established location of infection is the patients’ own home – involving 5,907 of the cases.

The second most common location where people have contracted the disease is schools (accounting for 10.3 percent of the cases in which the source is known), followed by medical facilities(5.8 percent), conferences and events (3.9 percent), synagogues (2.2 percent), commercial centers and stores (2 percent) and entertainment venues (1.8 percent). The Health Ministry did not provide location details in 733 cases, but did not indicate why the information was not included.

From April 19, when the coronavirus lockdown on the country began to be eased, until Monday of this week, 16,624 people were diagnosed with the coronavirus, accounting for about 55 percent of all of those infected, according to the information center’s figures.

Early Tuesday morning, the Knesset passed a bill by a 29-24 vote authorizing cabinet decisions related to the pandemic to go into effect immediately – before they are considered and voted on by parliament. The new law then gives the relevant Knesset committee seven days to consider the resolution, followed by an optional three-day extension.

If the relevant committee fails to approve the resolution during this period, it is to be presented to the full Knesset for a vote. If either the committee or the Knesset as a whole decide not to support the cabinet decision – or if no action is taken during the time frame – the cabinet decision is automatically revoked.

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