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Health minister defends pandemic response: ‘Stop with the panic’

Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz visits  Ziv Medical Center in the northern city of Safed, on August 24, 2021. (David Cohen/Flash90)
Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz visits Ziv Medical Center in the northern city of Safed, on August 24, 2021. (David Cohen/Flash90)

Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz defends the government’s pandemic response amid a surge in coronavirus cases that has seen daily infections hit record levels this week.

“I don’t want to shutdown the country — I said there won’t be a lockdown and there isn’t one,” Horowitz tells Channel 13 news. “I don’t want to send hundreds of thousands to unemployment and don’t want to close learning institutions and businesses.”

He adds: “Stop with the panic. We are acting with consideration and responsibility. We are doing the important things to combat morbidity, but at the same time we want to keep the country open.”

Despite the high number of daily infections, Horowitz says that there are signs that morbidity is declining, noting that serious cases have started to decline.

“It’s too early to celebrate, but there are signs of optimism,” he says.

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