Despite signs of COVID rise, Bennett predicts no major restrictions in winter

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett comments on the reversal of the downward trend in COVID-19 infections, saying no severe restrictions are planned during the winter since Israel is well-prepared to fight a new wave and the potential emergence of a new, vaccine-resistant variant.

In a press briefing two days before kids aged 5-11 start getting their vaccines, Bennett says the current slight rise is mainly among children, most of whom cannot yet be vaccinated, and is an indication Israel could be facing a “mini-wave” focused on children, citing statistics showing most of the recent infections are among minors.

He calls on almost a million Israelis who haven’t taken their booster shot despite being eligible to do so. He says Israel is working to purchase COVID medications but adds: “I much prefer preventing the disease over treating it.”

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