Preventing infection, while maintaining normalcy

Jerusalem Council member Elad Malka says city knows how to identify hotspots, but middle schools may need to return to distance learning.

Hezki Baruch ,

Elad Malka
Elad Malka
Hezki Baruch

Elad Malka, a member of the Jerusalem City Council, spoke with Arutz Sheva about the city's preparations for a possible second wave of coronavirus.

"It's tough to know if we're on the verge of an outbreak and a second wave in Jerusalem," he said. "What's clear is that when the guidelines are relaxed there is an increased risk, and we need to manage it in a precise fashion."

According to him, "today we know to identify hotspots in Jerusalem, and one of them is the high schools. We can provide a solution for that. We need to continue operating grades 11 and 12 because of the matriculation exams, but middle schools can return to distance learning. That would also allow the higher grades to split into small groups and reduce the chance of infection."

Malka also discussed the precautions being taken to prevent people from contracting coronavirus at mikvahs (ritual baths).

"Unfortunately, the mikvahs in Jerusalem are not taken care of the way they should be and in accordance with the guidelines," he admitted. "That means that the water is not changed as often as necessary, that there are long lines at the entrance to mikvahs. There should be a registration system by which women and men arrive to use the mikvah only at a certain time. There isn't one today in Jerusalem."