After the publication of the general "infection map", "Israel Today" came to the exact data of the Knesset Research and Knowledge Center • About two-thirds of those infected were exposed to the virus in the home • 2.2% were exposed to the synagogue • And how many were exposed to the virus in commercial centers and entertainment venues? • Full data
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Oren Ben Hakun
The government on Monday approved restrictions on swimming pools, gyms, public transport and summer camps. But data published for the first time in Israel today and collected by the Knesset Research and Information Center reveal that most of the Corona infections do not actually occur in these places.
The data collected by the Knesset Research and Information Center, at the request of MK Yifat Shaw-Biton, chair of the Corona Committee, indicates that most of the infections occur precisely at home - from a sick family member.
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About two-thirds of infections (65.8%) were exposed to the virus at home; About one-tenth (10.3%) were exposed in schools, meetings and universities; 5.8% were exposed to a virus in a medical institution; 3.9% were exposed during an event or conference; 2.2% were exposed while visiting a synagogue (198 people), while about 2% were exposed during stays in commercial centers or shops. Only 1.8% were exposed in the entertainment venues. Regarding 8.2%, it was stated that none of the above was disclosed.
Despite several requests in the past, the Ministry of Health has so far refrained from displaying this data. The data transmitted to the Knesset Research and Information Center encompasses less than one-third of the corona's verified infections. The Ministry of Health noted that in their data, exposure was only visible for 8,981 people in Corona out of some 30,200 people.
Yesterday, Israel Today published a chart depicting a "traffic light" of red, yellow and green behaviors according to the level of risk of infection, a "traffic light" used by the Ministry of Health on its official telegram channel. Among the activities listed in the chart, nightclub recreation is defined as the highest-risk activity and refueling or "take-away" from a restaurant as low-risk behavior.
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The Knesset Research and Information Center stated that "we do not have information on what this risk assessment is based on." The Chairman of the Corona Committee, MK Dr. Yifat Shash-Bitton, yesterday refused to bring to the committee's approval the guidelines decided by the government in its original form.
Shashbitton demanded revisions to the new restrictions on some issues, such as restaurants, gyms and public transport guidelines. Shashbitton reiterates in discussions the need to maintain the delicate balance between the duty of maintaining public health and cutting off the contagion chain and the need to keep the economy in continuous operation as far as possible.
Prof. Nadav Davidovich, head of Ben Gurion University's School of Public Health, said: "The data analysis offers some important insights: in about half the cases, it is impossible to say where the infection was."
"This is due to both the dynamics of the infection at this time, where the infection in the community is widespread and it is not always possible to know where it happened, as well as the fact that there is often no easy way to deal with responding to providing information, especially to a public who has a lack of confidence in the system."