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Dozens of preschools closed due to virus in matter of days

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Over 100 kindergartens have been shut down due to coronavirus outbreaks, including more than 50 which have been shuttered just since Sunday, according to an Education Ministry report Tuesday.

Although relatively low compared to the 21,000 preschools, kindergartens and daycares nationwide, the rapidly multiplying shutdowns offer a preview as Israel gears up to open elementary schools Sunday amid falling infection rates.

There are currently 1,716 students who are infected with the virus, a drop of 475 since Sunday, the ministry said, according to Hebrew media reports.

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However, the number of kindergartens closed due to infections among staff or children doubled during the same period from 56 to 112.

The figures came as the education system geared up to a reopening of grades 1-4 next week following a Monday cabinet decision to further ease a national lockdown that shuttered the entire system for over a month. Schools have been closed since September 18, when the nationwide lockdown came into force to drive........

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