Coronavirus: Old Green Pass extended, Department of Health website crashes


The Ministry of Health’s “traffic light” website and app, where Israelis can download their Green Passes, both crashed on Sunday due to traffic overload as the new system went into effect and that the coronavirus cabinet was due to meet later today to discuss the country’s situation.

Under the new rules, only people who have been vaccinated with a booster, received their second dose or recovered in the previous six months, or received an injection after recovering from illness can get the Green Pass.

When the system started on Sunday, more than 1.5 million Israelis lost their eligibility – also considering that the document is only available for a full week after the recall.

The Green Pass gives access to several places and activities, as well as to certain workplaces. A temporary can be obtained by submitting to a test.

All eligible people must upload the new document.

A woman shows her green passport at the Khan Theater in Jerusalem on February 23, 2021 (YONATAN SINDEL / FLASH90)

In light of the problems with the system, the ministry said that for the next few days, the old one will still be accepted in the next few days. No precise date has been specified.

Also on Sunday, the number of severe patients remained stable at just under 590 for the second day in a row, confirming the downward trend.

Some 1,709 new cases were recorded on Saturday, the lowest figure for more than a month, with around 113,000 people screened.

Overall, the country has around 43,000 active cases, nearly half of those at the peak of the fourth wave in August.

About 22,000 of the active cases are recorded among schoolchildren after the school fully reopened on Thursday after the Jewish holidays.

Another 70,000 students are currently in isolation after being exposed to a verified patient.

Over the next two weeks, the ministries of health and education are expected to complete testing of the Green Class program to drastically change school quarantine requirements: If the new scheme is approved, only infected children will have to stay at home. home, while those who come in contact with a case will undergo a PCR test, a rapid test every day for a week and then another PCR test but may continue to attend school in person unless they come out positive.

As health trends look encouraging, the cabinet is not expected to approve any new restriction on Sunday evening, when it meets after more than a month.


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