Netanyahu: If coronavirus morbidity increases, we will have another lockdown

PM Netanyahu says 'good news' is economy is reopening, 'bad news' is morbidity rates have risen above 200 a day.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Finance Minister Yisrael Katz, and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein delivered statements Thursday evening on the increased coronavirus morbidity rates in Israel.

"The good news is that the Israeli economy is recovering," Netanyahu said, before turning to the bad news, that the rate of coronavirus morbidity had risen above 200 people a day.

"We have to stop this growth quickly," Netanyahu said, warning that if the morbidity rates continue to climb, Israel would have to resume a lockdown.

The prime minister said that the rising morbidity rate is caused by the failure to abide by social distancing rules as the economy reopened.

He called on the public to wear masks, wash their hands, and maintain a distance between each other in public.

"The virus doesn't give up. It only respects those who respect the rules," he said. "If you keep the rules, they will keep us."

"If we work together, we will overcome the pandemic."

Health Minister Yuli Edelstein also addressed the rise in morbidity rates and said that the restrictions could be reinstated.

"Each and every person must adhere to three simple rules: wearing a mask, maintaining a distance of two meters, and hygiene. There has been a loosening of the issue, and without the discipline of the public we will not be able to continue to open the economy," Edelstein said.