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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the question of how long the tight closure on the country will last in the afternoon (Tuesday), and estimated that it would take at least a month.
“The closure will last a month and maybe much longer,” the prime minister said in a Facebook Live broadcast he made, adding, “Targets and indices have been set and they will dictate how long it will last.”
“The number of patients is climbing fast. There are more than 800 serious patients. Unfortunately, the number of dead is also rising. Therefore, I ask to comply with the rules and the police,” he said.
Netanyahu called on the public to wear masks, “The public does not understand the power of masks. Wearing them on the face is a success of life and must be done. Inside, only when you are with the nuclear family can you afford to be without a mask.”
Netanyahu’s remarks join in a similar vein that Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said this morning in an interview with Network B, according to which the closure is not expected to end immediately after Simchat Torah.
“The closure will not be lifted – unequivocally. There is no scenario that in ten days we will lift everything and say ‘everything is over, everything is fine,'” he declared.
Edelstein added that even if changes occur for the better and out of the process of drawing lessons from the exit from the previous quarantine, the exit from the current quarantine will be done gradually and responsibly. “No pressure will help, the opening of the economy and of all our fabric of life will be gradual.”
He referred to the Prime Minister’s estimate that the number of critically ill patients would reach 1,500. “I hope we do not get there but definitely the system is also prepared for difficult scenarios.”
Asked about the continuation of the demonstrations against the prime minister, he replied, “It will end in thousands more patients and in more serious patients in hospitals. We all have to take responsibility, nothing will happen if people find other ways to protest. It is their right but it can be done without breaking the rules. “.
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