Israel Is Winning the Fourth COVID Wave, Bennett Says

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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali BennettCredit: Ohad Zwigenberg
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Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Sunday that Israel is winning its fourth coronavirus wave, as daily cases hit a three-month low, Health Ministry data published on Sunday showed.  

Speaking at Sunday's cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Bennett expressed cautious optimism over Israel's battle against the delta variant.  

"We can cautiously say that we are overcoming the fourth wave, the delta wave, however, it's not over until it's over."

Bennett said that in the next few days the government is expected to determine whether to expand the "Green Class" pilot to all the educational institutions and to preschools after they receive recommendations from the Health and Education Ministries on the subject. The new approach is to "test rather than to isolate," said Bennett. 

A vaccination center in Jerusalem, last month. Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg

According to the figures, 734 new cases were diagnosed Saturday, being the first time in three months new daily infection drop to a three-digit number.

Israel currently has 388 serious cases, of which 157 are on ventilators. Since the pandemic erupted in Israel, 7,983 people have died from the virus.

Over 70 percent of Israel's serious cases are unvaccinated, while 15 percent of the country's eligible population have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus.  

Also on Sunday, Israel's new Green Pass – the country's proof of vaccination pass – went into effect.

In general, the new eligibility rules stipulate that those reissuing their Green Pass must have received their third jab of the coronavirus vaccine, or their second dose in the past 6 months. In some stickier situations, keep reading for information on the specifics.   

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