Covid restrictions have been extended to three-year-olds in Israel, where Covid cases and deaths are surging.
From today, everyone aged over three in the country must show evidence of vaccination or a negative test before entering places such as restaurants, cafes, gyms and museums.
The country is in the midst of a third wave despite high vaccination uptake, with one of the country’s top
Cases reached a six-month high of 8,752 on Monday before falling slightly on Tuesday.
And fatalities are also rising exponentially, with 120 people dying with the virus in the last week – more double the number of people who died in July.
Now the country has brought in stringent Covid restrictions for youngsters in an attempt to control the third wave.
Until today, only over-12s were required to show proof they were double-jabbed two weeks earlier, or a negative Covid test from the last 24 hours before entering public indoor spaces.
Israel has began testing all over-threes in an attempt to control the spread of the virus. Pictured: An Israeli nurse yesterday testing a child at the entrance in Jerusalem
The Government is paying for tests of those three to 11-year-olds who are not eligible for the vaccine and must show they are not infected.
But the 1million people in the country who have not been jabbed and are eligible have to buy their own.
Some 62.8 per cent of people in the country are double-jabbed, even higher than the 60.4 per cent fully immunised in the UK.
But while a similar number of people are infected in the UK and Israel, the latter is seeing a much higher death rate.
Experts have pinned the concerning trend on the three-week gap between the Pfizer jabs dished out in Israel.
In the UK, people are invited to book a second vaccine appointment eight weeks after the first dose, which studies have found to be the ‘sweet spot’ that provide the most protection.
‘Looking at the data from this morning we cannot just say “maybe”. This “maybe” is worth the lives of the citizens of Israel.’
But he said no one who is in a critically ill condition has received a third booster Covid vaccine, he said.
Professor Zarka said the run up to the Jewish New Year festival Rosh Hashanah is the ‘critical time’.
And if infection and death rates do not beging to drop, ‘we will get to a lockdown like the first and second ones, where we do not go farther than 100 meters from our houses’, he said.