Israel’s COVID Delta Wave Seemed to Skip the ultra-Orthodox. Then Their Schools Reopened

Within a week and a half of schools reopening, the infection rate in the Haredi community more than doubled, to 12 percent of new coronavirus cases

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The rate of new coronavirus cases in Israel after the arrival of the delta variant was lower in the ultra-Orthodox community than in the general public – until the Haredi schools reopened earlier this month, Health Ministry data shows.

The delta variant was first detected in Israel in early July. Before its arrival, the daily number of new cases in the general public had fallen to single digits, even zero on some days. But after highly contagious new strain arrived, new cases began to rise again in late July.

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