Netanyahu: You can't hug your grandparents right now

Prime Minister Netanyahu urges the public to obey the guidelines of the Ministry of Health as COVID-19 cases spike.

Elad Benari, Canada ,

Binyamin Netanyahu
Binyamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Friday that Israel was again in the midst of a “major outbreak” of coronavirus, urging the public to obey the guidelines of the Ministry of Health in order to curb the spread of the disease.

“We’re now dealing with a major outbreak of coronavirus in Israel,” Netanyahu wrote in a post on Facebook. “At the start of the week we were with a figure of 450 cases and today we’re at nearly 1,000 cases a day.”

“We have to stop the outbreak so we announced limited restrictions to stop the coronavirus. I urge you to obey the guidelines and help us with this important mission,” he continued.

“I know that wearing a mask irritates us in the Israeli heat of July - but there is no choice,” wrote Netanyahu, who urged Israelis to refrain from visiting their grandparents and relatives in high-risk groups.

“You can't hug your grandfather and grandmother right now, and we all have to protect our parents and everyone at risk. You can call by phone, video, WhatsApp, Zoom. Don't hug,” wrote the Prime Minister.

“Unfortunately, some of the citizens of Israel are dismissive of our guidelines. Don't listen to them. It's not funny and it’s inappropriate. Ask your family and friends to wear a mask, not to shake hands, not to hug, not to congregate. To protect their lives.”

“As of today, there is no vaccine for the coronavirus. There is no cure. The only solution is that we enlist - all of us: Jews and Arabs, Druze and Bedouin, secular and religious and haredi, from all parts of Israeli society and from all corners of the political spectrum.”

“We will strictly adhere to the guidelines and together we will win,” wrote Netanyahu.

The post came after the Ministry of Health said that 566 cases of coronavirus had been diagnosed in Israel since midnight, increasing the number of active patients to 10,060.

Since midnight, two more people have died in Israel from the virus, bringing the total to 326. The number of patients in serious condition increased by 12 to 77, of which 27 are on respirators.

On Thursday, the government 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.

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