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Health Ministry said to oppose planned easing of lockdown due to high infections

The Health Ministry and virus czar Nachman Ash say the continued high rate of infections will prevent planned steps to start exiting the lockdown and reopen the economy, Channel 12 news reports.

The ministry is reportedly debating whether to extend the lockdown for another week beyond its current expiration date of January 31, or allow very limited easing of restrictions.

Finance Minister Israel Katz will surely oppose that stance, the report notes.

Extending the lockdown would possibly cause a further delay in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption trial, with a hearing attended by the defendants being postponed from January 13 to February 8.

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