Cabinet could bring back restrictions amid increase in COVID-19 infections

Officials in “Coronavirus Cabinet” say they will almost certainly be forced to bring back the restrictions on gatherings.

Elad Benari, Canada ,

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Officials in the “Coronavirus Cabinet” said on Friday that they believe that they will almost certainly be forced to bring back the restrictions on gatherings in confined spaces following the rise in new cases of COVID-19 in Israel, Channel 13 News reported.

The Cabinet will convene on Sunday and discuss the moves which need to be taken.

Currently, the guidelines allow for gatherings of up to 50 people - in open and closed spaces - but there are many exceptions to this guideline: large family events, banquet halls, cultural institutions and more. However, professionals believe there will be no choice but to enforce stricter guidelines even though the government has so far tried to avoid doing so.

Health Ministry Director-General Professor Hezi Levy spoke to Channel 13 News on Friday and commented on the increase in new cases of coronavirus in Israel.

"We haven't lost control, but I definitely think we're at an important juncture and need to take action so it doesn't happen," said Levy, who stressed the importance of adhering to the guidelines. "We see that the guidelines are not being kept, so the issue of providing information is very important and is part of the fight."

"We want, as much as possible, to allow the public to maintain their routine in the shadow of the virus. We will continue to live with it," he continued. "Therefore, enforcement is important as is checking to see if there are any actions the government needs to do - maybe cancel some of the relief measures in order to prevent this difficult run of between 400 and 500 verified patients a day."

On Friday, the Ministry of Health announced that 400 new cases of coronavirus were detected in the past day, increasing the number of total cases in Israel to 22,800 of which 5,614 are active patients, 46 are in serious condition and 28 are on respirators. The death toll stands at 314.

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