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COVID czar: Lockdown will be on the table if needed, outbreak will end in 3-5 weeks

Coronavirus czar Prof. Salman Zarka attends a press conference about the coronavirus in Jerusalem on August 29, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Coronavirus czar Prof. Salman Zarka attends a press conference about the coronavirus in Jerusalem on August 29, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Prof. Salman Zarka, the official tasked with coordinating the government’s pandemic response, says in a press briefing that if the current outbreak threatens to overrun Israel’s health system, he will advise the government to impose a lockdown.

“Mild restrictions won’t help. What will help is a significant lockdown with a cap of [traveling no more than] 150 meters from home,” Zarka says. “I hope it won’t come to that, but if there will be no choice we will have to put it on the table.”

Zarka adds that the peak of the current COVID-19 outbreak is still ahead, expressing hope that it’ll be over in 3-5 weeks. He urges mask wearing and social-distancing, adding that risk groups should avoid mass events even if vaccinated.

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