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Health minister urges full compensation for businesses, workers hit by lockdown

Edelstein says he’ll fight to make sure those who lost out will get more than just ‘pocket money’; Knesset committee meets to approve extension of closure

October 11, 2020

Health Minister Yuli Edelstein called on the Finance Ministry on Sunday to fund full compensation for businesses and workers who have lost income due to the ongoing national lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.

Edelstein, who was touring a new military wing for treating virus patients set up in Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center, warned against giving in to pressure to open up the economy just as the lockdown is showing signs of success in reducing infections.

“As a government we need to make sure that that those business owners and people who lost a lot will get not just pocket money, but full compensation, in real time, and I intend to fight for that,” Edelstein said.

“There can’t be a situation where we demand restrictions and then the self-employed and businesses have not received the required compensation. I will not let this continue,” he said.

Edelstein, who visited the military medical center along with Defense Minister Benny Gantz, said that at a Tuesday cabinet meeting he will present a plan for the “start of a gradual release” of the lockdown.

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