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COVID czar says Bennett okayed limiting large gatherings, drawing denials

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)

COVID-19 czar Salman Zarka tells Channel 13 news that Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has given him a green light to limit large gatherings in soccer stadiums and elsewhere, a development that goes against Bennett’s stated policy of avoiding restrictions on the general population.

Zarka’s comment draws a denial from the Culture and Sports Ministry, which says no such steps are even being considered.

Associates of Bennett are cited by Channel 13 as acknowledging that he has given the okay for Zarka to examine the matter with the ministry and draw up a recommendation, but they are said to clarify that no change in policy is currently planned.

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