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COVID czar recommends masking indoors amid rise in cases

A man wearing a mask takes cover from the rain on Jaffa Road  in the city center of Jerusalem on December 21, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
A man wearing a mask takes cover from the rain on Jaffa Road in the city center of Jerusalem on December 21, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

With COVID morbidity on the rise, Israel’s coronavirus chief Salman Zarka recommends people wear masks while in closed spaces such as shops or public transportation.

He also urges individuals who are unvaccinated or who have not had recent shots — particularly in at-risk populations — to get inoculated.

Daily positive cases are on the rise, from some 500 diagnosed cases a day two months ago to around 1,500 today. With testing now far lower than during the height of the pandemic, the actual number of daily cases could be significantly higher.

Serious cases are also up, from some 70 hospitalized patients two months ago to over 130 in recent days.

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