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Health minister warns of ‘long months’ ahead in battling Delta variant

Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz speaks during a press briefing on July 21, 2021. (Screen capture: Facebook)
Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz speaks during a press briefing on July 21, 2021. (Screen capture: Facebook)

Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz says Israel faces “long months” ahead in fighting the Delta variant, a more contagious coronavirus strain that is being blamed for the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Israel.

In a press briefing, he says daily infections will continue to rise in the coming weeks and also predicts a rise in serious cases.

“Only one consideration leads us in managing this crisis — the public’s health,” Horowitz says.

He adds: “The formula here is very clear, follow the guidelines now to prevent strict restrictions later. We understand the coronavirus won’t soon pass from the world. After the Delta variant it is likely that another variant will emerge in the world and therefore our strategy is clear: Life alongside the coronavirus.”

Horowitz also says the government’s goal is for schools to fully reopen at the beginning of September.

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