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Daily Briefing Dec. 6 – Is Omicron affecting Israel yet?

Science and health writer Nathan Jeffay looks at how variant is making itself felt in Israel, while environmental reporter Sue Surkes discusses fruit bats and underground mapping

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 15-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish world, from Sunday through Thursday.

Environmental reporter Sue Surkes and science and health writer Nathan Jeffay appear on today’s podcast with host Jessica Steinberg.

Jeffay discusses if Israel is in the calm before an intense Omicron storm, and what COVID-19 life looks like right now.

Surkes talks about new Israeli research regarding bat mothers and how they teach their young to navigate.

She also speaks about the Negev becoming part of the world’s first mapping of underground fungal networks, the circulatory and communications systems that link aboveground plants underground.

Discussed articles include:

Israel’s COVID reproduction rate drops below 1, despite Omicron fears

Health officials: We don’t know enough about Omicron and vaccines to let guard down

Schoolkids instructed to present negative COVID test after Hanukkah break

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