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Omicron panic in the Arab sector: "We are on the road to disaster" | Israel today

2022-01-11T21:57:49.405Z

Health sources warn: Preparations for the current wave in the Arab population - low While the general public is very concerned about the jump in morbidity, which is reflected, among other things, in the huge queues for tests, it seems that in the Arab sector the picture is a little different. A senior member of the health system in the Arab sector in Jerusalem describes a difficult and alarming picture of the loss of control in the Arab neighborhoods in the capital. "There is on



While the general public is very concerned about the jump in morbidity, which is reflected, among other things, in the huge queues for tests, it seems that in the Arab sector the picture is a little different.

A senior member of the health system in the Arab sector in Jerusalem describes a difficult and alarming picture of the loss of control in the Arab neighborhoods in the capital.

"There is one directive in the morning, another directive in the afternoon. There are no clear decisions. The top does not know how to manage," the source said in frustration.

"They do not know what they are deciding. People do not buy corona tests nor do they go to complexes."

PM Bennett: "Closure does not help, I am not going in that direction," Photo: GPO

The government's conduct leads to harsh criticism: "The prime minister and the education minister do not know how to conduct the event," the senior official claimed.

"The Minister of Education created the problem in the east of the city, when she decided at the time not to vaccinate the schools. There is a mess. It is impossible to continue like this. They do not say there is a closure, but in fact there is a closure. As usual and unreported. We have no control and the situation is dangerous. In East Jerusalem they do not sit in isolation because they want to go to work and get a salary. We are in a state of bankruptcy. There are weddings as usual and big prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque. "Corona. The children have not been vaccinated. The situation here is very problematic. We are on the road to disaster. The government has completely lost control."

Responsiveness in the North

In the north, the situation seems to be better, and yet it is possible to point to a gap in public mobilization, compared to the general public.

In Shefar'am, they said that "an indoor complex has been set up for all the funds. Recently, there has been a significant increase in the number of tests. In the past week, we averaged 500 tests a day. Information is always provided in schools."

A man gets vaccinated in East Jerusalem, Photo: AFP

In the Druze village of Abu Sanan we were told that antigen tests were performed in the schools in the locality.

30% of 11-5 year olds have already been vaccinated, and there is massive advocacy in schools.

In Umm al-Fahm, they feel that there is sufficient information in the Arabic language and feel the response from the public.

"There are tests all the time. However, it is clear that the home antigen tests are less known and exploited by the public in the city," they noted.

The municipality notes that individuals are tested on home tests, and that "this is right at the beginning."

However students have kits and they are tested when needed.

Complex checked and driven in Haifa, Photo: Michel Dot Com

The Corona Struggle Information Center notes that testing centers in Israel exist nationwide, and in 95% of localities in the country there is a sampling station up to 15 km away.


There is a dedicated information team for the sector, which is responsible for various campaigns.

A reference to the information headquarters shows that at present they do not have data on the rate of vaccination in the fourth vaccine in the Arab sector.

However, it is noted that about 20,000 people aged 11-5 received vaccines.


"State-funded home antigen testing kits have been distributed to students in the sector. The Arab public, like the other sectors in Israel, has free institutional antigen sampling stations nationwide.

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Source: israelhayom

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