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Lockdown for the holidays under consideration, says leading health official

People wear protective face masks as they shop at Azrieli Mall in Tel Aviv on July 13, 2021. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)
People wear protective face masks as they shop at Azrieli Mall in Tel Aviv on July 13, 2021. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)

Nachman Ash, the new director general of the Health Ministry, says that a lockdown remains a possibility for the High Holiday period that begins with Rosh Hashana and stretches for much of September.

“I think that it could be that we’ll get to the point where we’ll say ‘we need a lockdown,'” Ash tells Channel 13 News. “I’m worried we might get there… in a few weeks, it’s possible we’ll get there.”

Ash says he is hopeful with proper behavior and enforcement, a lockdown — which would be Israel’s fourth since the COVID pandemic began — will not be necessary.

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