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Netanyahu Promises Normality, and Issues Apocalyptic COVID Warnings

Netanyahu can't hold back the reopening of the economy, but must slow the pace. And his promise for Seder night with the family will be hard to keep

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For the moment, at least, the spread of the coronavirus in Israel is a little less serious than the heads of the health system tend to depict it. The insistence on focusing on the R factor is misleading to some degree. With a very large percentage of the leading risk group already vaccinated, the R factor, which examines how many carriers were located in Israel compared to the previous week, is less relevant. In practice, a few more carriers were identified, but that’s also the result of more tests. A more important data point is the rate of positive results from all those tested, and it has been decreasing steadily for almost a month – this week it was about 5 percent.