Education minister says closing schools ‘irresponsible’

Education Minister Yoav Gallant is pushing back against a nationwide closure of schools, saying the current infection rate does not justify doing so.

“This will be an irresponsible blow to students, parents and teachers,” Gallant writes on Twitter. “At the same time, we must keep our finger on the pulse… wherever a confirmed [COVID-19] patient is identified, the educational institution will be closed.”

Gallant is also quoted by Hebrew media reports lashing out at the Health Ministry, accusing it of “sowing panic” and saying there is no current need for widespread school closures.

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