Coronavirus czar Nachman Ash says that the indoor mask mandate obligating people to cover their mouths and noses inside will return next week in an effort to stem the rise in COVID-19 cases.
In a briefing with journalists, Ash says that 123 people have so far been diagnosed with the virus today, and that the outbreak has spread to Kfar Saba, Ramla, Herzliya and other cities.
Ash recommends avoiding flights abroad, especially for people who have not been vaccinated.
“I call on the public to consider whether traveling abroad is essential. It is highly advisable to avoid non-essential travel abroad,” he says, echoing a similar call from Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.
“This is not the right time to fly with children who are not vaccinated,” Ash says.