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Health Ministry expected to advise those at-risk to mask indoors amid COVID uptick

A woman wearing a face mask walks in downtown Jerusalem, March 16, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
A woman wearing a face mask walks in downtown Jerusalem, March 16, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The Health Ministry will advise older Israelis and others deemed at risk to don a face covering indoors, according to Hebrew media reports, amid an uptick in coronavirus cases.

According to ministry figures, 3,731 new infections were recorded yesterday — the highest since late April — and 17.7 percent more cases have been confirmed over the past week compared to the preceding seven days.

Serious morbidity is also up, with 103 patients currently hospitalized in serious condition, though new fatalities have been lower over the past week than the week before.

Numerous lawmakers have tested positive amid the recent rise in cases, with Public Security Minister Omer Barlev becoming the latest politician to announce he’s tested positive for COVID-19.

“I fell well and will continue to work from home,” Barlev tweets.

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