Israel has lifted a public mask mandate and fully reopened its education system in the latest easing of coronavirus restrictions following its mass vaccination drive.
All primary and secondary school grades returned to classrooms on Sunday, and health officials ended a year-long requirement to wear a mask in public spaces.
Masks are still required indoors and in large gatherings.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited some pupils with education minister Yoav Galant said it was a “festive day of opening the education system ” and that “Israel is leading the world in getting out of the coronavirus”.
Israel has speedily inoculated a majority of its population against the coronavirus in a world-leading vaccination campaign.
It has lifted most of its coronavirus restrictions and announced last week that it would be reopening the country to vaccinated foreign tourists starting in May.
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