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Health experts tell government: Don’t close schools, do limit gatherings

A paramedic collects a swab sample at the Magen David Adom COVID-19 rapid coronavirus testing center in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv, on January 10, 2022. (Jack Guez/AFP)
A paramedic collects a swab sample at the Magen David Adom COVID-19 rapid coronavirus testing center in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv, on January 10, 2022. (Jack Guez/AFP)

Ahead of a meeting of the COVID cabinet this evening, a forum of experts tells the government that the course of the ongoing Omicron-fueled wave of COVID cannot be predicted.

Experts say the current wave cannot be stopped, even with a lockdown, and they advise against closing schools, but urge “hybrid solutions” when students test positive. They warn those who are elderly and at high risk of COVID complications to avoid contact with crowds or large groups as much as possible.

The advisers say that in the coming weeks the COVID wave will put very high pressure on the medical system and prevent people from receiving life-saving treatments.

They also recommend that the government limit large gatherings and institute restrictions on occupancy for most businesses.

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