Naftali Bennett
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Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced Thursday night the end of the fifth wave and said that in the coming days the restrictions imposed on citizens will be lifted.

Bennett said: "The Omicron wave is breaking. There is a steep decline in the number of serious verified cases."

"The strategy that we have led, of an open economy through all the waves, alongside dozens of persistent actions against the virus, has led the State of Israel – all of us – to be in first place in economic growth among the OECD countries. This is a level that we have not seen in 21 years. This a major gift for the entire Israeli public.

"Just as we were the first to take action and close the skies at the start of the wave, now we are gradually relaxing the restrictions.

Earlier today I held a discussion with the Health Minister and various professionals. We are stopping the use of the Green Pass and soon we will announce additional measures to ease restrictions," Bennett concluded.

21,152 new coronavirus cases were diagnosed in the past day out of 111,273 tests which were performed. 886 patients are hospitalized in serious condition, 263 of whom are on ventilators. 9,710 people have died from the coronavirus in Israel since the start of the pandemic.