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As ‘red zones’ reopen, concern Haredi test avoidance exaggerates improvement

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As Israel lifts restrictions on all-but-one of the country’s virus hotspots, citing dropping coronavirus cases, a top doctor has said it’s acting on questionable data, asserting the some of the ultra-Orthodox community is avoiding testing.

Just four days after the government voted to ease national lockdown rules — to a chorus of experts warning that virus success hinges on hotspots staying locked down — local restrictions have been lifted.

A government statement said that only the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo will remain a red zone with special restrictions, while others, including Bnei Brak, which has a reputation as the city most impacted by coronavirus, are now classed as “orange.”

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The Jerusalem neighborhoods of Mattersdorf, Maalot Dafna and Ramot Eshkol have all had their status as restricted zones rescinded. A mask-clad ultra-Orthodox Jewish man and youngsters walk along a street in Jerusalem during the second nationwide lockdown imposed by the government in a bid to........

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