After an emergency meeting he held with different ministers of the “Cabinet Coronavirus”, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a special press conference to announce circulation restrictions that seek to prevent the spread of the virus.
In the context of a strong outbreak of COVID-19 in Israel, the government will submit to the Knesset a proposal to limit the congregation of people in closed spaces to a maximum of 20 people (including synagogues) and up to 50 attendees in event rooms, bars and clubs. Before the announcement, the initiative was consulted with different legislators and it is estimated that it would have the approval of Parliament.
“The data leaves no choice, we return to the restrictions,” said Netanyahu and elaborated on the worrying figures of the second wave of the disease. “At the previous peak of infections, on March 31, we had 738 daily infections and today we have almost 1,000. And from Sunday to today the increase in cases is over 100% ”, he explained.
In addition, the Prime Minister dismissed versions indicating that this second wave of COVID-19 demonstrated less aggressive behavior in the bodies of infected people: “Someone said that there are no seriously ill patients and at first it was so, but the symptoms progress with the time and since Sunday that number increased by 50% ”, he asserted.
“The easiest thing would be to leave everything as it is, but we would quickly lose control of the situation. At an exponential growth rate, we would soon have tens of thousands of people infected and we should not get there, I do not want to go back to the hermetic closure that we already live, “warned Netanyahu, who drew a comparison between the fight against the coronavirus and a war:” We must act as commanders on a battlefield: when the enemy improves his positions, the original plan should not be followed, the enemy must be adapted. And today we understand that infections were caused especially in social gatherings in closed spaces, ”he explained about the measures taken.
In addition, the head of the Israeli executive power complained about the legal obstacles that the country must endure to implement these government decisions. “In the past transitional government, we could issue emergency regulations, but suddenly, after forming a coalition, everything must go through the Knesset,” he reflected, and announced that next week he will present a bill so that the government can circumvent steps to make decisions related to public health.