Covid-19: Israeli Health Minister Dashes Hope of Easing Lockdown Anytime Soon

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The Israeli Health Minister, Yuli Edelstein has dashed the hope of nationals who looked

forward to the easing of lockdown in the country.

The health minister stated on Tuesday that there was “no way” the country’s second nationwide coronavirus lockdown would be lifted after three weeks as it was originally scheduled.

“There’s no way that in 10 days we’ll be lifting all the restrictions and saying it’s all over, everything is fine,” he said.

“There might be some changes for the better, but this time, as part of the learning process from what happened in April, we’ll exit (the lockdown) gradually, responsibly,” Edelstein explained.

In his words, “The opening of the economy and our lives will be gradual and slow.”

It should be recalled that Isreal started its second lockdown on September 18 after the coronavirus infection rate increased. It was originally scheduled to come to an end on October 10.

Places affected by lockdown include: schools, cultural events, majority of workplaces, markets and places of worship.

Benjamin Netanyahu has earlier admitted “mistakes” in the reopening of Israel’s educational system and economy after the first lockdown this year.

It was gathered that Israel has recorded more than 233,000 infections and 1,507 deaths in a population of nine million.

The military intelligence disclosed that not only does Israel have the world’s highest weekly infection rate per capita, it has also surpassed the United States, which is the world’s hardest-hit country in terms of daily death rate per capita.