Israel Tightens COVID Restrictions, Expands Vaccine Passport Program

A man receives a third Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from medical staff at a coronavirus vaccination center in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. Israel is grappling with a surge of infections and urging people over age 60 to get a booster shot.

A man receives a third Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from medical staff at a coronavirus vaccination center in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. Israel is grappling with a surge of infections and urging people over age 60 to get a booster shot.

08-12-2021 CBN News Jerusalem Emily Jones

JERUSALEM, Israel – Israel’s government on Wednesday announced new restrictions to fight the country’s latest outbreak of the coronavirus.

Israel is expanding its “Green Pass” vaccine passport system, making most commercial venues exclusive only to those who have recovered from the virus, been vaccinated, or present a recent negative COVID test. Malls, grocery stores, and other places of commerce are exempt from this rule and Israelis can freely enter them without the Green Pass.

The government is also tightening restrictions on people gathering indoors.Related


Medical personnel test travelers for COVID-19 as they arrive from abroad at the Ben-Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, March 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

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Prime Minister Naftali Bennett vowed to boost investment and staffing for Israeli hospitals to “prepare for a significant increase in hospitalized COVID patients.” Bennett said the government will invest $774 million into hospitals nationwide.

The Health Ministry recorded 5,755 new cases on Wednesday and serious cases have grown from 19 in mid-June to 400.

Israel had largely lifted coronavirus restrictions by May following its vaccine campaign, but has reinstated limitations amid this surge in cases.

Over 58% of the country’s 9.3 million citizens have been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Earlier this month Israel started distributing third vaccine doses to immunosuppressed individuals and citizens over the age of 60.

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STEVE & LAURIE MARTIN - LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE FOUNDERS My good wife Laurie and I (43 years in October 2020!), through the ministry of Love For His People we founded in 2010, give love and support for our friends in Israel and in other nations with friendship, humanitarian aid, and social media support, along with Steve's NOW THINK ON THIS messages, and our Ahava Adventures annual trips to Israel. Steve has also authored and published 31 books. We live in the Charlotte, NC area, along with four adult children, spouses, and eight grandkids.

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