Israeli Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said Tuesday that there was “no way” to lift the second nationwide coronavirus lockdown after three weeks as originally planned.
“There is no way that we can lift all restrictions in 10 days and say that everything is over, everything is fine,” he told public broadcaster Kan.
Israel imposed its second lockdown on September 18 after the coronavirus infection rate soared. It was originally supposed to end on October 10th.
The measures were tightened on Friday after the first eight days failed to reduce the world‘s highest per capita infection rate.
Aside from formwork schools and cultural events, the lockdown has closed the vast majority of workplaces, markets and places of worship.
The parliament should meanwhile discuss a regulation to limit the demonstrations, which could contain the weekly protests against the leadership of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for months.
Meanwhile, convoys of vehicles drove to Jerusalem to protest the possible restrictions on the demonstrations.
On Saturday evening, Netanyahu admitted “mistakes” in reopening the Israeli education system and economy after the initial lockdown earlier this year.
“There may be some changes for the better, but this time around, as part of the learning process from what happened in April, we’re gradually and responsibly stepping out of the program (the lockdown),” said Edelstein.
“The opening of the economy and our lives will be gradual and slow.”
Israel has registered more than 233,000 infections and 1,507 deaths among a population of nine million.
According to Military Intelligence, Israel not only has the world‘s highest weekly per capita infection rate, but also a daily per capita death rate that has exceeded that of the hardest hit country in the world, the United States.
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