Sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in Israel may be caused by BA.5 variant – The Jerusalem Post

Time to mask up?

The Health Ministry issued a statement on Monday afternoon recommending that people once again begin wearing masks in enclosed spaces for the first time since the requirement was removed in April.

“In recent days, there has been an extremely sharp increase in the number of verified COVID-19 cases in Israel, and with this, there has also been a jump in serious illnesses,” read the statement.

Stressing the importance of maintaining both day-to-day routines and public health, the statement continued: “In a situation where the economy is completely open, routine is maintained and there are no restrictions, the personal responsibility to protect each and every one of us arises. Therefore, we ask you to make sure to wear a mask in closed spaces, not because it is obligatory but because it is an act of solidarity and caring for others.”

“We ask you to make sure to wear a mask in closed spaces, not because it is obligatory – but because it is an act of solidarity and caring for others.”

Health Ministry

The Health Ministry also stressed the importance of following scientific evidence regarding the use of face masks in preventing the spread of infection. It said in a statement, “Although there are those who consistently try to sow doubts about the effectiveness of masks, the scientific information about their effectiveness in preventing infection and infecting others with the virus is well-founded and solid.”

Source: Sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in Israel may be caused by BA.5 variant – The Jerusalem Post