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Decrying lockdowns, ex-virus czar calls ‘to change tack’ in approach to COVID

Ronni Gamzu, director of Tel Aviv's Ichilov Hospital, at a conference in Jerusalem on March 15, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Ronni Gamzu, director of Tel Aviv's Ichilov Hospital, at a conference in Jerusalem on March 15, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Former national coronavirus czar Ronni Gamzu appears to take a swipe at government health officials over their approach to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m angry that the automatic answer every time there is a wave of morbidity is ‘let’s close down the country.’ We need to change tack — manage the coronavirus like any disease,” Gamzu, who heads Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital, tells Army Radio.

He also predicts that after schools reopen on September 1, they will be shuttered again in response to rising cases.

“Enough! We can’t manage like this. We are in this pandemic for a year and a half already,” he says.

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