Ministry of Health: We will oppose all the relief measures

Senior Ministry of Health officials decide that the coronavirus situation necessitates postponing planned relief for at least another week.

Talia Eitan ,

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The Ministry of Health has decided to oppose during Sunday’s discussion in the Coronavirus Cabinet all the relief measures that have been planned for the coming week.

However, it is not certain that the Prime Minister will adopt the ministry's recommendations, as the plan was to reopen shopping centers starting Tuesday.

At the same time, Netanyahu is very interested in imposing a nighttime curfew, although a wide range of medical experts have said that the move is unlikely to be effective at all.

Another issue that Netanyahu prefers to postpone is the opening of additional classrooms in the schools. Earlier, Education Minister Yoav Galant said he would work toward bringing back more students to schools as early as this week.

In the past week, the Prime Minister has already approved an outline for the return to the educational institutions of students in grades five, six and eleven and twelve.

According to the outlines, fifth and sixth graders will return for three days of studies in capsules of up to 20 students. Eleventh and twelfth grade students will be able to study at the school for two days a week in similar capsules.

Minister Galant intends to demand during Sunday’s discussion that the return of students to educational institutions be placed at the top of the list of priorities.

Channel 12 News reported that Health Minister Yuli Edelstein intends to promote the opening of open-air restaurants and the attractions in Eilat and the Dead Sea, alongside the hotels whose opening has been approved.

This is based on the understanding that tourism in these areas cannot exist without the restaurants opening.