Sunday, October 17

Israel’s Health Minister calls for more restrictions amid rising coronavirus cases

Test tubes in a coronavirus testing laboratory in Israel

Test tubes in a coronavirus testing laboratory in Israel

The Israeli health authorities have notified this Friday a more than 1,110 positive cases of coronavirus for the first time in almost four months, which is why the country’s Minister of Health, Nitzan Horowitz, has called for increased mobility restrictions or the use of mask.

In an interview this Saturday with Channel 13, Horowitz has transferred his doubts about whether the actions that the Government had taken so far had been “insufficient” given the increase in infections.

“We are seeing an increase in infections and serious cases. What are we waiting for? Have thousands of cases a day? Hundreds in serious condition? For hospitals to fill up? We have to stop playing, “said the head of the Health portfolio.

In addition, Ministry officials are calling for the operation of the vaccination certificate, known as ‘Green Pass’, to limit attendance at shows, restaurants and hotels, collects ‘The Times of Israel’.

This certificate allows access to certain spaces only to those people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, who have a negative test for the virus, or who have recently had the disease.

However, some health experts in the country have recalled that, although the number of infections is on the rise and record numbers are being recorded in recent months, the number of patients in serious condition is still much lower than in previous outbreaks thanks to the massive vaccination campaign that has taken place in Israel.

In addition, starting this Wednesday a regulations that will limit the capacity in premises to celebrate weddings, parties and other events, under an economic sanction of 5,000 sequels (about 1,300 euros) to those in charge of those establishments that break the norm.

For its part, the director general of the Ministry of Health, Nachman Ash, has moved this Saturday his idea that a new confinement should not be carried out due to the coronavirus, but that he could not rule out this idea outright. “Anything can happen, but we do not want to reach a situation of confinement”, he said in an interview for Channel 12.

This Friday, in an assessment of the situation of the pandemic held in Tel Aviv, the country’s Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, transferred his concern that the protection provided by vaccines against COVID-19 was “weaker” than they expected against Delta variant.

“Anyone who hoped that vaccines alone would solve the problem, know that they will not.”Bennett said at the meeting attended by ministers, health officials, members of the National Security Council, the police and the military.

“We don’t know exactly how much the vaccine helps, but it is significantly less” against Delta than previous strains. “We all hope to see a slowdown, but the facts at this point are that there is no slowdown, not here, not around the world. “, aseveró Bennett.

In this context, the country’s health authorities will include Spain in the list of countries to which Israelis are prohibited from traveling due to the high incidence of the virus. It will thus join other nations such as Uzbekistan, Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, South Africa, India, Mexico and Russia.

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