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Coronavirus czar: Unclear if rise in cases heralds a new COVID wave

Coronavirus czar Prof. Salman Zarka seen during a press conference near Tel Aviv, on November 9, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
Coronavirus czar Prof. Salman Zarka seen during a press conference near Tel Aviv, on November 9, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

The official tasked with overseeing the government’s COVID-19 response says it isn’t yet clear whether the current rise in coronavirus cases will evolve into a renewed wave of infections, as officials weigh reimposing some measures.

Saying there have been several new outbreaks, Zarka says in a media briefing that “we are experiencing continuous morbidity, with periodical rises and declines. I advise the public and especially at-risk populations to protect themselves with a mask and getting tested after being exposed to a carrier.”

Zarka says other countries are recording similar rises in cases due to a subvariant of Omicron.

“It isn’t clear whether the rise will continue or stop soon,” he says.

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