Professor Salman Zarka
Professor Salman ZarkaOlivier Fitoussi/Flash 90

Israel’s coronavirus czar, Prof. Salman Zarka, met on Monday evening with the heads of the four health maintenance organizations and presented them with a schedule for the end of the unique treatment for COVID-19 cases.

As of January 18, the Home Front Command's COVID-19 test complexes will be closed and those who still need a test will do so at the HMOs.

At the end of January, the Home Front Command will finish dealing with issue related to COVID-19 altogether. At that point, the coronavirus will be considered to be just like the flu, and the requirement for isolation after the virus is contracted will be completely abolished.

The HMOs said they needed more time and budgets to deal with the situation, and the government is expected to approve a working plan.