Israel now has agreements in place with Greece and Cyprus to allow vaccinated people to travel between the countries, with talks ongoing between Israel and the United States, UAE and China. With last year's signing of the Abraham Accords, both Israel and the UAE are very keen to promote business and tourism links and, of course, the United States has always been of massive importance to Israel's economy, both for business and tourism.
The Rabin Medical Center, which is based in Petah Tikvah, reported yesterday evening (Saturday) that three pregnant women patients, whose conditions were previously described as "life-threatening" have had their babies being safely delivered and the mothers are now close to full recovery.
There are varied reports from the restaurant industry, with 4.000 having closed during the pandemic, almost one third of Israel's total. However, those which have survived are enjoying a boom since being allowed to fully re-open last Sunday, with many being booked days in advance.
Good news about the IDF is that 81% of personnel are now thought to be immune through vaccination or recovery, and it is now reckoned that the defence forces have herd immunity and are thus able to resume normal operations.
Israel remains in 16th place for the number of coronavirus tests per million people (1,397,908), two places below the UK (1,512,497). This compares to the disputed territories in 94th place (246,638).
Israel remains 54th for deaths per million people (651 per million). The UK also remains in 6th place with 1,841 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 435 deaths per million people despite another slight rise to 69th 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.
What about life in the disputed territories?
The Palestinian Authority has announced a five-day lockdown in the West Bank, starting tomorrow (Monday). This follows the appeal by PA Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh calling last week for more support from the international community in obtaining vaccines. Israel has now vaccinated 50,000 Palestinians who have Israeli work permits.