PM Netanyahu: 'We're at war, we can beat this virus'

PM Netanyahu announces new steps to stem coronavirus outbreak, urges Israelis to practice social distancing and wash hands.

Tags: Coronavirus
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Yehonatan Waltzer, TPS

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on Saturday night said that other nations were adopting Israel's policies of preventing the spread of the coronavirus and that Israel would be able to overcome the new challenge, and that Israel has led the coronavirus response around the world.

He also said Israel was positioned to overcome the coronavirus, which is an "invisible enemy," and that the government was using all means available to fight it.

He emphasized that the Israeli government would attempt to improve quarantine measures, and home isolation will be carried out in a much more stringent manner.

People should stop claiming, "it won't happen to me" and use better hygiene, avoid hugging and handshakes, cough and sneeze into their elbows, wash hands with soap and water and keep a two-meter distance from one another, Netanyahu urged. In addition, Israel will use advanced technology used in Taiwan to monitor those infected with coronavirus.

Revealing Israel's next steps in the battle against the virus, Netanyahu said that supermarkets, banks, and gas stations would remain open, but that restaurants, malls, and other recreational areas would be closed for the foreseeable future.

Preschools and daycares will also be closed, beginning on Sunday, and gatherings of over ten people have been banned.

Calling on all Israel's citizens to cooperate in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Netanyahu admitted that the measures were not easy, and required the creation of a new routine.