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When It Comes to COVID, Israel Is Now Divided Into Two Countries

In Israel, as in New York City, authorities are struggling to put a stop to ultra-Orthodox mass events like the Simhat Torah celebration scheduled for tomorrow ■ Netanyahu paved the way for more protests, but the police are also paying the price

Amos Harel
Amos Harel
Amos Harel
Amos Harel

On the coronavirus map, Israel is currently divided into two countries: the ultra-Orthodox population, and all the rest. The national rate of positive results from all coronavirus tests has been declining for more than a week, from 15 percent at its peak to 9 percent on Wednesday. When the Haredim are removed from the calculation, the figure goes down to 7 percent. The phrase “not counting the Haredim” is one we’ll probably be hearing frequently in media discussions of the coronavirus figures in the coming weeks.

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