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Israel lifts outdoor mask mandate and fully reopens schools, leaders stating full reopening of the economy could happen next month

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    With most of its population vaccinated against COVID-19, Israel on Sunday dropped the requirement to wear masks outdoors and fully reopened schools for the first time in over a year.

    Although the nationwide mandate on mask-wearing outdoors was officially lifted, masks must still be worn in public places indoors and the Health Ministry recommends they continue to be worn outdoors as well in large gatherings.

    Meanwhile, all students from daycare to 12th grade will return to regular in-person classes on Sunday, ending the requirement that some children still learn in smaller class sizes.

    As the caseload has dropped, Israel has gradually rolled back coronavirus restrictions by opening businesses, event venues and other activities. The national virus czar Nachman Asch has said the entire economy will be able to fully reopen next month if there is no new rise in contagion.

    Just 105 new coronavirus cases were diagnosed Friday, and just 202 Israelis were in serious condition with the virus.