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Netanyahu: Coronavirus lockdown to last at least a month

Coronavirus cabinet to meet Wednesday to discuss a possible tightening of restrictions. The meeting is schedule to begin at 4 p.m.

By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN
September 30, 2020

Israel’s current coronavirus lockdown will last at least a month, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clarified Tuesday during a Facebook briefing. During that time, he said, the government will prepare a proper exit strategy.

“I want to be honest – it will not be less than a month. It may take much longer,” the prime minister said.

He then verbally presented a number of his goals for the next few weeks, similar to those that he had released in a statement after Yom Kippur: preparing the health system, ensuring the public wears masks, implementing rapid tests and, of course, reducing the country’s rate of infection.

He stressed that the number of patients is climbing fast.

“There are more than 800 serious patients,” Netanyahu said. “The number of dead is also rising.”

According to the Health Ministry, 1,151 people tested positive on Yom Kippur – a small number, but close to 15% of the less than 9,000 people screened for the virus over the holiday. The number of serious patients was 810 on Wednesday, including 205 who were intubated. 

The death toll stands at 1,547, as of Wednesday.

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