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Israel's decision to waive the mandatory wearing of masks indoors was a mistake.
Senior health expert Professor Yehuda expressed this opinion Adler, reports Ynet.
The professor recommended that people who are in crowded places, such as on a bus or train, still wear protective masks.
“It's not that difficult,” Adler said.
In addition, the professor criticized the abolition of mandatory testing for coronavirus at Ben Gurion Airport.
“The cancellation of testing at Ben Gurion Airport was generally outrageous. It took us a year to build such an accurate and comprehensive system, and it was a mistake to shut it down. We know the new variants, BA.4 and BA.5, are already “raising their heads” in South Africa, and it is clear that they will do the same in the US, Europe and Israel. However, the restrictions have been lifted. This is not the way to deal with the pandemic,” said Yehuda Adler.
The professor's opinion was supported by Dr. Yasmin Maor, a member of the epidemiological control group of the Ministry of Health. Testing of those returning from abroad, however selective, should continue, she said.
“Testing cannot prevent new variants of the coronavirus from entering the country, but it provides early signs that help us be better prepared.” . The abolition of the mandatory wearing of masks came too soon. Wearing a mask is a small price to pay compared to what we can pay for a mass infection,” she said.
Recall that this week the number of new cases of coronavirus infection in Israel has increased markedly this week. Israeli doctors have reported a worrying trend as major restrictions are lifted.
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