It has been reported that the instability in confirming a new government in Israel could lead to the country facing a delay in receiving any more vaccines, with warnings from both Pfizer and Moderna that supplies will go elsewhere if the budget to secure additional supplies is not confirmed quickly.
Better news is that the so-called coronavirus czar, Professor Nachman Ash, says it is likely that the requirement to wear masks outdoors will soon be removed, although it is still too early to do the same for indoor use.
Meanwhile, a report by Tel Aviv University suggests that the effect of the global lockdown has led to a reduction in the number of physical antisemitic attacks on Jews. Against this, the number of worldwide Jewish communal properties such as synagogues, graveyards and Holocaust memorials has increased. Furthermore, the online picture is very grim, with all kinds of conspiracy theories blaming Jews and/or Israel for coronavirus. Terms such as "Judeovirus" and "Jew flu" have been used by antisemites.
With infection rates continuing to decline, Israel remains in 19th place for the number of coronavirus tests per million people (1,492,688), five places below the UK (1,970,169). This compares to the disputed territories in 89th place (312,722).
After last week's fall, Israel remains in 58th place for deaths per million people (684 per million). The UK fell again, to 13th place, with 1,864 deaths per million, still far higher than Israel: a testament to the heroes of Magen David Adom and all those involved in the Israeli health system. Also impressive is the statistic for the disputed territories, with only 547 deaths per million people and remaining in 66th place in the list. Both Israelis and Palestinians are therefore much less likely to die of Covid-19 than the frequency of confirmed cases would suggest, whereas people in the UK are much more likely to die.