Israel ends outdoor face mask rule

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A lady wearing a mask. /REUTERS

Israel has ended the mandatory wearing of face masks outdoors in the latest move towards a return to normality, boosted by a mass-vaccination campaign.

With about 81 percent of citizens or residents over 16 having received both doses, infections and hospitalizations are down sharply.

But entry by foreigners is still limited and non-immune Israelis who return from abroad must self-isolate, due to concern virus variants could challenge the vaccine.

(With input from agencies)

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