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As Covid-19 surges globally, Israel is emerging into post-pandemic life

April 23, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Masks are no longer required outdoors. The economy is open. It's difficult to get a reservation at many restaurants. Students are back in school full time. Live theater and sports are back on.

"Each show which we have announced in the last 14 days was sold out in like four or five hours, which is not regular in Israel," Weiss told CNN.

While the world recorded more than 5. 2 million new coronavirus infections last week, breaking the weekly record for global cases, Israel is now reporting just over 100 new infections daily, a fraction compared to the peak of its pandemic in January.

In Israel, a sense of normalcy is returning to daily life.

A vaccination certificate or "green pass" -- showing a person is either inoculated or can prove they have coronavirus antibodies from a previous infection -- is required for most indoor social activities or large-scale events.

But one of the country's top coronavirus experts, Eran Segal of the Weizmann Institute of Science, said he believes that the vaccines have nearly eradicated Covid-19 from Israel.

For Israelis like Langer, happiness at the improving situation is tempered by the constant worry that more vaccines will be needed or further restrictive measures will return.

by summa-bot

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