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Israel began reopening its economy and businesses on Sunday, after the government says nearly half the population is now vaccinated. The shops are accessible to all, however, access to leisure facilities remains limited to those who have received two doses of the vaccine.

As of 7 a.m. on Sunday February 21, the Jewish state began to reopen its economy. The Israeli government has estimated that a return to normal has been made possible thanks to the vaccination campaign against the coronavirus.

According to the authorities, nearly half of the population is now vaccinated.

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The stores have reopened for everyone. However, access to leisure facilities such as sports halls, hotels and theaters remains limited to those who received two doses of the vaccine more than a week ago or to those who have recovered from Covid-19 with a probable immunity.

These people get a kind of health passport displayed on an application of the Ministry of Health. Wearing a mask and social distancing measures remain in force. Dancing remains prohibited in banquet halls and places of worship must be reduced by half.

“We are the first country in the world to get back on our feet thanks to the millions of vaccines we have ordered,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a Twitter message. “Vaccinated? Get the green pass and take back your life.”

Israel has administered at least one dose of the Pfizer vaccine to more than 46% of its 9 million people, according to the health ministry.

The risk of Covid-19 contamination has decreased by 95.8% in people who have received the two doses of the vaccine, the ministry said on Saturday.

With Reuters

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