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Bennett: 2-4 million Israelis will get COVID in current wave

A health worker takes test samples of Israelis at a COVID testing center in Jerusalem on January 9, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
A health worker takes test samples of Israelis at a COVID testing center in Jerusalem on January 9, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

In an appeal to citizens for patience and understanding, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warns that 2-4 million Israelis are likely to be infected by COVID in the current wave, and everyone will need to deal with the situation.

“I understand the frustration and I am listening to it,” Bennett writes on Facebook. “I also have children in schools, and we are also trying to maneuver in this complex situation.”

Bennett says that information presented to the cabinet earlier today shows the likelihood that “a total of 2-4 million citizens will be infected during this current wave. This is a storm that is happening around the world, even in countries that instituted a lockdown.”

The prime minister writes that the government is working to continue to provide solutions to ongoing issues: “I am listening to the distress, to the long lines and the high price of tests,” he says. “We are working to alleviate things as much as possible, but we will all need patience and resilience.”

Since the start of the pandemic, close to 1.5 million Israelis have tested positive for COVID. Israel’s population stands close to 9.5 million.

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