People enjoy themselves on a reopened beach in Tel Aviv, Israel on February 13, 2021. Xinhua / Muammar Awad via Getty Images

The Israeli cabinet has approved further easing of restrictions on economic activity as coronavirus infection rates continue their gradual downward trend.

From Sunday, shopping centers, markets, museums and libraries will be open to everyone again. However, Israelis will need to show that they have been vaccinated or have recovered from the disease in order to gain access to gyms, sports venues, cultural institutions and hotels, all of which have been given permission to reopen.

Schools are also allowed to welcome back more students.

The number of new cases of Covid-19 was 5,138 on Monday – compared to 8,909 two weeks ago.

Israel has made rapid progress in its vaccination program and is well on its way to becoming the first country in the world to vaccinate its entire population of approximately 9 million people.

Health Department data suggests that by the end of Tuesday, more than 4 million people in Israel will have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. More than 2.6 million people have also received a second dose.

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