Speaking in the Knesset, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein claims that measures approved by the cabinet shutting event halls, bars and other places will take effect immediately, though a government announcement clearly delineates that they need an okay from Knesset lawmakers first.
“I don’t discount the hardships of business owners, but we need to remember one thing — we are doing everything we can to put the genie back in the bottle in the hopes that we can continue to live life in the shadow of the coronavirus in a different way,” he says, according to Ynet.
He also says that the number of seriously ill will double, even if Israel imposes a full lockdown now.
There are currently 90 seriously ill patients, out of nearly 12,000 active cases.
Given the fact that the effects of a full lockdown would only be seen after some two weeks and that serious cases, which usually take more time to develop, are a lagging indicator, Edelstein’s prediction appears to be unusually rosy, though he likely means it as a warning.