Israel heading towards closure: 1,007 COVID-19 deaths

September 6, 2020 by TPS
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Israel appears to be on the way to a full closure as the numbers of Coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths passed the 1,000 mark over the weekend.

COVID-19 quarantine. Credit: Pixabay.

With the infection rate climbing on a daily basis, the government has announced it will impose local closures on “red” cities with a high morbidity rate, but experts warn that such a move is not sufficient and that a full closure will be required to stem the spread of the virus, especially ahead of the Jewish High Holidays that will commence in two weeks.

The Corona Cabinet met Thursday and decided to impose closures on dozens of “red” cities on Monday while the relevant government officials and ministries are preparing a plan for comprehensive national restrictions to be applied if necessary.

Ultimately, the government has yet to decide on how to address the pandemic in a comprehensive manner, and the various ministries are offering and promoting different, and at times, contradicting moves.

Corona Project Manager Ronni Gamzu has been battling the ministers on various issues, and especially on the issue of possible closures.

Israel has the highest morbidity rate per million citizens in the world.

The Ministry of Health updated Sunday that it documented 1,482 new cases, but it usually records a lower number than usual over the weekend. The percentage of positive tests stood at a high of 9.8%.

There are currently 26,062 active cases, with 434 patients in serious condition, of whom 120 are on life support.

A total of 129,173 Israelis have been infected with the virus since the outbreak of the pandemic, of whom 102,104 have recovered.

1,007 have died of the virus.

TPS

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