The Cabinet allows overnight curfew throughout Israel on Purim

The coronavirus cabinet Tuesday approved an overnight curfew during the Purim Jewish holiday in an effort to reduce seizures and prevent the spread of the pathogen.

The curfew will be in place from Thursday to Sunday, and will last from 8:30 pm to 5am.

The cabinet also voted to suspend all public transport between cities at that time from 8pm so that spies do not stop illegal parties during the usual Christmas holidays.

Ministers agreed to meet on Wednesday to decide on another reopening of the education system.

After weeks of sustained decline, Israel’s COVID-19 reproduction number has been climbing again in the last few days and has reached 0.86, the Coronavirus National Intelligence and Information Center reported Tuesday morning, citing raising concerns about relapsing remission of the disease.

A genetic number, or R number, indicates how many other people catch the virus.

According to data, 4,677 new cases of coronavirus were detected out of about 69,000 tests performed Monday, resulting in 7% of tests yielding a positive result – down from the weekly average of 6.5%.

Of the new coronavirus patients, 77% were under the age of 39, and only 6.2% over 60.

The task force warned that the rate of disease and the fact that a significant proportion of the population has not been vaccinated against COVID-19 is causing a slow decline in the number of serious cases.

Officials urged Israelis to abide by health rules as the country came out of closure six weeks ago, opening schools for children under 10 and allowing a growing list of reopening businesses, and how the more contagious coronavirus variant in the UK became a strain control in Israel.

797 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized in a critical condition Tuesday morning, including 248 people connected to ventilators.

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An Israeli woman is being vaccinated against COVID-19 at a medical center in Jerusalem, Feb.  23, 2021

An Israeli woman is being vaccinated against COVID-19 at a medical center in Jerusalem, Feb. 23, 2021

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Since the outbreak began the pandemic, 5,604 people have died in Israel from coronavirus-related complications.

The Ministry of Health announced Tuesday morning that more than 70% of Israelis over 16 years have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Out of an estimated 4.5 million inland citizens, nearly half of Israel’s population, more than 3 million have also received a second-sided increase.

Approximately 157,000 people were surrounded by the first or second dose on Monday alone.