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Israel Backs Down From COVID-19 Vaccine ‘Green Pass’ Requirement for Entry to Shopping Centers

A day after Israel announced a COVID-19 Green Pass would be required to visit shopping centers, the Ministry of Health backed down on some of the contentious requirements originally set out. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz decided on Tuesday that the new regulations would be put in place after 22 new cases of Omicron were identified in Israel, bringing the total number of cases of the new variant in the country to 89, The Times of Israel reports. On Sunday, officials confirmed 67 cases of Omicron have been detected in Israel but noted that there was a “high probability that there are 80 additional cases of exposure to the Omicron variant, who are still waiting for their genetic sequencing results.” Under the regulations proposed on Tuesday, individuals entering shopping malls would have been required to show their Green Pass to security guards, who would have then provided them …

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