Health minister: We had no choice but to impose lockdown over holidays

Health Minister Yuli Edelstein says the new rules bring him no satisfaction.

“For three months, I tried to avoid a lockdown. I did everything so that we could live alongside the coronavirus, with rules here and there,” he says in a videoconference.

“In the circumstances that were created, we had no choice,” he says.

“It’s not easy,” acknowledges Edelstein.

The health minister says that if Israelis do not keep the rules, “all of this will be for nothing.” But if the rules are kept, “there is a light at the end of the tunnel” and the chains of infection could be cut, he says.

“We need the public’s cooperation,” he says.

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