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Virus czar says Israelis may soon no longer need to wear masks outdoors

As COVID-19 cases continue to decline and the rate of positive tests reaches the lowest point since last June, the official in charge of the government’s pandemic response, Nachman Ash, says Israel may soon relax its strict rules requiring face masks in all public places, including outdoors.

Ash tells the Ynet news site that while Israel is doing very well, it still hasn’t vanquished the virus.

“We aren’t yet taking off the masks, neither outside nor inside,” he says. “I hope that soon we will sit down and think and see how we can give the precise instruction. I assess we’ll do that in the near future. If we decide to cancel the mandatory mask-wearing, it will most likely only be outside.”

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