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Market Cap £155.22bn
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UPDATE 1-Fly-past celebrates Israel's independence as outdoor mask-wearing set to be dropped

Thu 15th April, 2021 6:36pm
(updates with mask-wearing mandate dropped)
    By Stephen Farrell
    JERUSALEM, April 15 (Reuters) - Military jets and
helicopters flew in formation over Israel on Thursday as the
country marked its independence day freer of coronavirus
restrictions than a year ago.
    The customary barbecue and beach holiday celebrations were
back in evidence for families who learned that the instruction
to wear masks outdoors is set to be dropped.
    Israeli Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said he had
instructed the ministry’s director-general to rescind the
mandatory wearing of face masks in public as of Sunday.
    He said Israel’s rapid COVID-19 vaccine rollout had made it
possible "to implement another easing of measures." 
    But, he added, “It should be emphasized that the wearing of
masks on enclosed spaces will still be mandatory.”
    Around 53% of Israel's 9.3 million population has received
both Pfizer doses. Israel has largely reopened its economy in
recent weeks while the pandemic appears to be receding.
    Infection rates, severe illness and hospitalizations are
dropping sharply, although the country is still short of the
sought-after "herd immunity".  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nKBN2C02ET
    The vaccine programme featured in the holiday celebrations,
with flag-waving Israeli soldiers marching in formation to form
the number 73, a Star of David and a syringe.
   Celebrations began on Wednesday night for the 73rd
anniversary of Israel’s 1948 independence, providing a moment of
national unity for a polarised and exhausted Israeli electorate
less than a month after a fourth inconclusive election in two
years.
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been given the first
go at assembling a ruling coalition, but amid the unprecedented
political stalemate a fifth election is possible.
    Ahead of Independence Day, the Central Bureau of Statistics
issued updated population figures of 9.327 million, of which
6.894 million (73.9%) are Jewish and 1.966 million (21.1%) Arab,
with 5% "other".

 (Reporting by Stephen Farrell;
Editing by Alison Williams and Alistair Bell)
 ((stephen.farrell@thomsonreuters.com;))
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