Netanyahu: Restrictions needed to flatten the curve

Government passes restrictions limiting gatherings to 20 people.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

צילום: Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90

The government on Thursday approved the imposition of new restrictions in response to the rising number of coronavirus infections in Israel. The restrictions include a ban on gatherings of more than 20 people and a limit of 50 people at event halls.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stated: "The data leaves us no choice. A policy of restriction is needed to flatten the curve, The easiest thing would be to leave matters as they are - everything is open, everyone is satisfied, but that is how things got out of control so quickly."

Netanyahu spoke about the assistance which is being provided to business owners. "In the coming days I will introduce a financial aid plan for the upcoming six months - a coronavirus package that will provide certainty for employment and income."

'I said before that it was likely that with the coronavirus we would act like an accordion - opening the restrictions, but periodically tightening them again. We are constantly looking for balance - to have as little spread [of the virus] as possible and as little damage to the economy as possible," the prime minister said.

Netanyahu said that while 450 new coronavirus cases were diagnosed daily at the start of the week, that number had grown to almost a thousand by Thursday. "The biggest potential for spreading the disease stems from crowds in closed spaces. Up to 50 people will be allowed at gatherings in clubs, bars, and halls, while up to 20 people will be allowed in other places. At this time nothing about the economy or transportation is being changed."

"We are in a battle to save lives. No one can say anything else. It won't happen. You set a line, it's never perfect, but you go with it. I hope it will work. I set a target to reduce the time it takes for testing to six hours and for the results to 24. That way we will be able to achieve very good results," the prime minister concluded.