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Universities set to resume in-person classes after Passover

Entry to campuses will be allowed only to those who have been vaccinated, recovered from COVID-19, or have a recent negative test

Illustrative: Students seen at the Givat Ram campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, October 27, 2014. (Miriam Alster/FLASh90)
Illustrative: Students seen at the Givat Ram campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, October 27, 2014. (Miriam Alster/FLASh90)

Israeli universities will resume in-person classes after the Passover holiday in early April, after a year of mostly online studies due to the pandemic.

Entry to campuses will be allowed to those who have been vaccinated, recovered from COVID-19, or present a recent negative PCR test.

Some courses will remain online.

Other higher education institutions, however, will take more time before allowing in-person instruction.

The Health Ministry ordered the closure of in-person university classes in March of last year, as the virus began to gain a foothold in Israel.

Some in-person classes have already begun at Bar Ilan University and the Technion, Haaretz reported.

Some universities will combine in-person classes with remote learning for students who have not been vaccinated.

Israel has been gradually rolling back its coronavirus restrictions in recent months, as its infection rates have plunged, in a decline credited to the country’s successful vaccination campaign.

Most of the education system has reopened, along with much of the economy. Limited audiences have been allowed at sports and cultural venues, with the coronavirus cabinet recently approving increasing capacity at such events.

More than 5.1 million of Israel’s 9.3 million population have received at least one vaccine dose, and over 4.5 million have gotten both shots. At least 3 million others are ineligible for vaccinations, since they are under the age of 16.

On Monday, the positive test rate fell to its lowest level in four months at 1.5 percent.

There have been 6,102 virus deaths in Israel.

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