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Israel: Virus czar says mask mandate could end as Covid-19 wards begin to empty

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FILE - Ambulances outside the Rambam Hospital in Haifa, on March 30, 2020.
Yossi Aloni/Flash90FILE - Ambulances outside the Rambam Hospital in Haifa, on March 30, 2020.

Prof Ash says little value in masks 'outside, in the open air, when you are alone and not in a group'

Israel’s coronavirus czar Prof Nachman Ash hinted Thursday that the mandate to wear masks outdoors, in specific circumstances, would end after the holiday of Passover.

“After the holiday we will deliberate taking off the masks,” Ash told Israel’s public radio Kan. “Hopefully that can be done. Outside, in the open air, when you are alone and not in a group -- I don’t think masks have any value.”

Last week, the public health official delivered similar remarks, stressing that “masks are much more important when we are in a crowd or inside a confined space,” according to outlet Ynet.

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Meanwhile, daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported that coronavirus wards are closing throughout the country as morbidity rates continue to plummet.

Only a few Covid-19 patients are now hospitalized daily, according to the report.

Some hospitals have reduced the number of ICU beds for coronavirus patients to less than 10.

On Tuesday, Yedioth Ahronoth reported, no new patients were admitted to Ashdod’s Assuta Hospital and neither to Kfar Saba’s Meir Medical Center.

Israel leads the world in vaccinations per capita, as more than half of its population has received two doses and is deemed fully vaccinated. 

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