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Bennett said to warn ‘painful steps’ may be needed to halt climbing infections

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett at the Knesset in Jerusalem on August 2 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett at the Knesset in Jerusalem on August 2 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has warned that serious COVID-19 cases could reach 1,600 by September if they continue to increase at the current rate, according to Channel 12 news.

“We need to say honestly, hope is not a policy. At the moment we are persevering with the strategy we adopted and make decisions in accordance with the measure of the total serious cases, hospitalizations, people on ventilators, ECMO and others,” Bennett is quoted as saying.

He reportedly adds: “We have our finger on the pulse all the time but it could be that we’ll need painful steps.”

The network also says the Health Ministry is expected to recommend imposing the following restrictions when the coronavirus cabinet meets tomorrow: further expanding use of the Green Pass, requiring masks at large outdoor events, restricting gatherings, and reducing the number of workers present at government offices by five percent.

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