Health Ministry says supermarkets not closing after top official sows panic

The Health Ministry says Israel is not considering shutting down supermarkets, after a top official appeared to suggest such a step could be taken.

The ministry says: “We would like to clarify that this is a scenario that is being appraised for a very extreme situation, and is not currently on the agenda.”

Itamar Grotto, deputy director of the Health Ministry, had said: “Maybe this sounds like an extreme step, but I think we need to close the food stores and maybe distribute [IDF] meals to the public. But this requires a lot of infrastructure.”


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