Some 2,003 new cases of the novel coronavirus were reported in Israel on Monday, with 2.4% of tests returning positive, according to a Tuesday morning update by the Health Ministry.
Of those infected, 602 patients were in serious condition and 211 were on ventilators. The death toll stood at 6,037.Meanwhile, the Ministerial Committee for Coronavirus approved on Monday the Finance Ministry's proposal to allow an additional easing of restrictions following a continued drop in Israel's infection rate and an increase in the number of people vaccinated, the ministry and the Prime Minister's Office announced in a joint statement. Starting on March 18, businesses will be able to allow employees to go to gyms and sit in lunch rooms, as well as participate in professional conventions, if they present a "Green Passport" in accordance with the conditions imposed by Israel's existing "Purple Note" guidelines.Employees who are not yet vaccinated will still be required to take part in professional conventions using only online means, and will need to continue eating in their offices or outside.Temperature checks at the entrances to workplaces will no longer be mandatory.Meanwhile, a pregnant woman with no underlying conditions who was hospitalized for the novel coronavirus died on Monday night at Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera after her condition deteriorated. Her baby was saved through a cesarean section and was deemed to be in good condition.