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Haredi virus liaison warns Purim parties may end in ‘disaster’

A former IDF general tasked with leading efforts to deal with COVID-19 in the ultra-Orthodox community warns of rising coronavirus infections among Haredim ahead of Purim.

“The trend of declining morbidity among the Haredi public has halted and a worrying rise has begun,” Roni Numa is quoted saying by Hebrew media.

Numa says he’s worried about mass gatherings and parties over Purim, which begins this evening, saying they may result in “disaster.”

“Irresponsible behavior on Purim will bring us back to high morbidity and mortality,” he says.

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