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Former coronavirus czar calls on government to remove restrictions

Prof. Gamzu, former coronavirus czar, calls on gov't to cancel COVID-19 restrictions, claims US does not require pre-entry COVID-19 tests.

Former COVID-19 czar calls on government to remove restrictions

Conditions at Abarbanel psychiatric hospital 'intolerable' says Prof. Gamzu

Patients have been complaining for years, but this is the first time that a senior health official has taken note.

Psychiatric hospital's conditions 'intolerable' says Prof. Gamzu

Ex-Corona Czar: COVID will never go away, learn to live with it

'We need to take the word lockdown out of our lexicon,' says Israel's former COVID Czar. 'Why are we still showing daily infection numbers?'

Ex-Corona Czar: COVID will never go away, learn to live with it

Former COVID Czar Gamzu: We can cope with coronavirus without lockdowns

"After a year and a half of this epidemic, we should be able to deal with this," Ichilov director says.

Prof. Gamzu: We can cope with COVID without lockdowns

Prof. Gamzu won't wait, will be vaccinated first

Former Coronavirus Czar requests permission to begin vaccinating staff at Ichilov Hospital after British authorities approve Pfizer vaccine.

Prof. Gamzu won't wait, will be vaccinated first

Gamzu: 'The key to success was open dialogue with public'

The outgoing Coronavirus 'Czar', Prof. Ronni Gamzu, held a press conference to mark the end of his appointment.

Gamzu: 'The key to success was open dialogue with public'player

Gamzu to the Arabs: 'Weddings will cause funerals'

Coronavirus commissar Prof. Ronni Gamzu again calls on Arab society to refrain from weddings in light of morbidity rise.

Gamzu to the Arabs: 'Weddings will cause funerals'

Stores to reopen, but not malls

Only 4 customers to be allowed at a time per store. Violations to be considered criminal offenses.

Stores to reopen, but not malls

Gamzu recommends using security cameras to monitor mask compliance

Notes there are cameras able to identify mask compliance without face recognition.

Gamzu recommends security cameras to monitor mask compliance

Cabinet to approve opening of synagogues

Coronavirus Czar will not oppose cabinet move to allow reopening of synagogues for up to 10 worshippers.

Cabinet to approve opening of synagogues

Gamzu shortens isolation period from 2 weeks to 10 days

Coronavirus Czar warns current relatively low infection rate is misleading because too many people are not being tested.

Gamzu shortens isolation period from 2 weeks to 10 days

Prof. Ronni Gamzu: COVID tests without doctor referral

Coronavirus coordinator at weekly briefing: 'All sectors declining in number of verified positive tests.'

Prof. Ronni Gamzu: COVID tests without doctor referralplayer

Coronavirus Czar: 'Drop all towns from red list - except one Jerusalem neighborhood'

Coronavirus Czar to recommend dropping extra lockdown restrictions from all 'red cities' - except for one Jerusalem neighborhood.

'Drop all towns from red list - except one J'lem neighborhood'

Before lifting lockdown: 'Hold back, curtail meetings'

Gamzu delivers statement: This isn't return to routine, but relief. Refrain from social gatherings, adhere to limit of 10 inside, 20 outside

Before lifting lockdown: 'Hold back, curtail meetings'player

No 'red cities' by next Thursday, says coronavirus czar

Prof. Ronni Gamzu estimates that all 'red cities' will have coronavirus outbreaks largely contained by next Thursday.

No 'red cities' by next Thursday, says coronavirus czar

Decisions on easing closure - only on Thursday

Coronavirus cabinet convenes, but decisions regarding practical easing of closure will not be made today, given fear of Sukkot morbidity.

Decisions on easing closure - only on Thursday

Lockdown likely to be eased next week - except in areas with high infection rates

Israel's Coronavirus Czar to push for keeping full lockdown in place in areas with high infection rates, easing lockdown elsewhere.

Lockdown likely to be eased next week - except in 'red cities'

Coronavirus Czar on Minister Gamliel affair: I'm disappointed

Prof. Ronni Gamzu says public figures must be careful not to commit even small violations of coronavirus guidelines.

Coronavirus Czar on Minister Gamliel affair: I'm disappointed

Gamzu: 40% of new COVID-19 cases are haredim

Coronavirus Czar says Israel will soon see a decrease in the number of new patients due to current lockdown.

Gamzu: 40% of new COVID-19 cases are haredim

Gamzu seeks to increase fines for COVID-rules violators

Coronavirus Czar seeks to double fines for some coronavirus regulations violations, increase fines by 10 times for other violations.

Gamzu seeks to increase fines for COVID-rules violators

Israel could see 1,090 seriously ill patients within a week

Prof. Gamzu presents data on COVID-19 morbidity to the Coronavirus Cabinet, says positivity rate in haredi sector double that of population.

Israel could see 1,090 seriously ill patients within a week

Israel now has more daily coronavirus-related deaths per capita than the U.S.

Coronavirus is spreading faster and wider than ever before - no one is immune.

Israel surpasses the US in daily coronavirus deaths per capita

Gamzu: I ask forgiveness from Israeli citizens

Coronavirus Czar asks for special forgiveness from the haredi community ahead of Yom Kippur.

Gamzu: I ask forgiveness from Israeli citizens

Gamzu: 'I recommended not closing country'

COVID-19 coordinator says hermetic closure will lead to more significant reduction in morbidity: 'Government decision is message to public.'

Gamzu: 'I recommended not closing country'

Prof. Ronni Gamzu: 'The situation is under control, but still extremely serious'

"I appeal to everyone not to remain indifferent to the crisis," says coronavirus czar.

Prof. Gamzu: 'Situation is under control, but extremely serious'

Coronavirus Commissar predicts 1,200 seriously ill per day

Coronavirus Commissar at Wolfson Hospital: 'Clearly, number of patients will double in coming weeks; hospitals currently being prepared.'

Coronavirus Commissar predicts 1,200 seriously ill per day

'The public doesn't understand that the threat is real'

'We'll have 800 seriously ill patients by the end of the week, and with 40 more every day,' says Ronni Gamzu.

'The public doesn't understand that the threat is real'

Netanyahu: The lockdown is becoming a joke

PM scolds Coronavirus Czar: 'Did we imprison people in their homes for no benefit? What will we tell the citizens afterwards?'

Netanyahu: The lockdown is becoming a joke

Coronavirus Czar: Israel has highest infection rate on earth

'Israel has the highest infection rate on earth,' says Prof. Ronni Gamzu, claiming there is no alternative to second lockdown.

Coronavirus Czar: We ended first lockdown too quickly

'The holidays in Israel this year won't be like normal holidays'

Ronni Gamzu pushes back on criticism of his handling of the coronavirus, vows to stay on. 'People who mock curfew plan don't understand it.'

'The holidays in Israel this year won't be like normal holidays'

'Put politics aside, Coronavirus Czar needs our support'

Minister of Strategic Affairs Orit Farkash Hacohen offers support for embattled Coronavirus Czar Prof. Ronni Gamzu.

'Put politics aside, Coronavirus Czar needs our support'

Will the coronavirus guidelines for synagogues be changed?

Details of plan for operating synagogues, 'traffic light' plan, to be ironed out at special meeting.

Will the plan for synagogues be changed?

PM Netanyahu to decide: Will Israelis be allowed to visit Uman this year?

PM Netanyahu to hold meeting on travel to Uman ahead of Jewish New Year. Coronavirus czar: 'Impossible to keep guidelines in Uman.'

Will Israelis be allowed to visit Uman?

Coronavirus Czar: I won't change my mind on flights to Uman

Prof. Ronni Gamzu doubles down on opposition to Uman pilgrimages during coronavirus pandemic, urges gov't to block mass gatherings in Uman.

Coronavirus Czar: Flights to Uman need to be banned this year

Meir Porush: Coronavirus czar Ronni Gamzu is 'disconnected'

'We absolutely cannot agree that people so disconnected take control and criticize us,' Dep. Education Min. Porush says.

Haredi MK: Coronavirus czar is 'disconnected'

'We're working to avoid a total shut down of the economy'

Israel's coronavirus czar visits Barziliai hospital, tours facility's coronavirus ward.

'We're working to avoid a total shut down of the economy'