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Coronavirus vaccine speed won’t hold back stricter lockdown

Police officers enforcing third lockdown on inter-city roads(photo credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/ MAARIV)

By Maatyan Jaffe-Hoffman
January 1, 2021

Israel is vaccinating faster than any country in the world, but according to health officials the pace is not going to be fast enough to prevent lengthening and tightening the lockdown. 

There were 5,809 new cases on Wednesday and another 3,519 on Thursday between midnight and press time, according to the Health Ministry.

The ministry reported that 5.7% of those people tested yielded positive results, less than the percentage reported by the ministry’s director-general, Chezy Levy. He said during a Thursday evening briefing that 6.2% of people test positive and “there are 30 new deaths and 10 new serious patients every day.”

The Health Ministry website showed 1,089 people were being treated in hospital, including 679 in serious condition. 

While the numbers may not directly align, one thing is for sure – they are climbing. 

According to Levy, Israel is still at the beginning of its vaccination campaign and it takes about five weeks after the first shot of the vaccine for it to be fully effective. As such, those who “were vaccinated 10 days or two weeks ago have some protection, but very partial.”

He said that “the duration of the lockdown is not really directly related to vaccines.”

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