Photo: Police Spokeswoman
4,650,000 people have been vaccinated to date (Friday) as part of the corona virus vaccination campaign, of which 3,275,000 also received a second dose.
An AMN report released this morning estimates that in the coming days a renewed rise in morbidity is expected. The declining trend in morbidity has almost been halted. The coefficient of infection rose to 0.97. The Ministry of Defense calls for reconsideration of the next steps in opening up the economy following the increase in morbidity.
Health Minister Yuli (Yoel) Edelstein: ” We open the morning of Purim with a holiday joy mixed with Corona’s concern. Yesterday, two young people, aged 24 and 26, died of corona. Most of the public understands and is aware. I seek to address the handful of people who can harm us all: constantly. Leave the parties after the corona. You will give up the tish this time. “
Edelstein added: “The commandment to rejoice in the holiday must not come at the expense of the public. “Instead of rejoicing with the other, let’s think of the other.”
A nightly closure was imposed on Israeli citizens last night at 8:30 PM until 5:00 AM. A similar closure in hours will also be imposed tonight and Saturday night.
During the closure, it is forbidden to leave the place of residence except for the permitted essential purposes, including leaving for a permitted work, or leaving up to 1,000 meters from the place of residence. This prohibition will also apply to those staying in guest houses.
It was also forbidden to open businesses during closing hours, except for essential businesses. It is forbidden to hold a party during the closing hours and it is forbidden to stay in another person’s house.
The fine for violating the quarantine or staying in another person’s home is NIS 500. The regulations will not apply to a locality whose majority of residents are not Jews and in the East Jerusalem area.
With the advent of Purim and the night closure, the Israel Police began extensive activities in Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh and the surrounding area against violations of regulations and guidelines.
During the operation, police checkpoints were deployed and emphasis was placed on enforcement against parties and businesses that violate regulations and closure. Jerusalem District Commander Doron Turgeman patrolled the deployed units during the night.
During the night, a Purim party was located at a hotel in the area of Haneviim Street in Jerusalem, which was attended by about 250 people who began to disperse when the police arrived. The event organizer, the dancer and the owner of the place were detained and reports were reported for violating the regulations.
Another Purim party was located and scattered in an apartment on Yael Street in Pisgat Ze’ev, which was attended by several dozen people. Reports were recorded for the person who rented the place (NIS 5,000) and 6 reports against those who spent time at the place for violating the corona regulations.
Another Purim party was located on Harkavim Street in Jerusalem, attended by several dozen people, 14 reports were reported for violating regulations and a suspect was detained for insulting police officers who worked there.
In the building on Martin Buber Street in Jerusalem, a party was located and several dozen partygoers participated. The party was dispersed and reports were filed against 27 people and a report totaling NIS 5,000 against the building owner.
A party with dozens of people was found in a house on Jordan River Street in Beit Shemesh. Upon arrival of police forces most of the passers-by fled the scene. Some of them were enforced for violating regulations and reports were recorded.
A large crowd was located on Rival Street in Beit Shemesh, during which a suspect was arrested and two more were detained after violating the order and attacking police officers. Dozens of reports of violations of regulations were recorded in the activity of the police forces there.
Following a report of a crowd and noise, police officers arrived at an open area on Menachem Begin Street in Rehovot and located a party taking place at the scene with the participation of about 40 people. When the police arrived, the passers-by began to flee the scene. Four of the participants were arrested for questioning after attacking police officers. The party was dispersed and reports will be filed for participants whose details are in the hands of the police.