Health Minister Yuli Edelstein warns against lifting the lockdown on Friday.
He says 200,000 additional Israelis could be inoculated against the coronavirus between Friday — the date when the lockdown is set to expire under a compromise with Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party — and Sunday, the date that Likud sought to begin lifting the closure.
Edelstein warns that if the rules are lifted Friday, thousands will meet their family members and mingle in stores.
“This Friday will go down as ‘Black Friday,'” he says, warning it would cause a serious uptick in cases.
He expresses hope the government will extend the lockdown until next week.