Knesset coronavirus committee chair: Scrap the lockdown

The chairwoman of the Knesset’s coronavirus committee says she hopes ministers will scrap the planned lockdown over the upcoming holidays.

Ministers are set to vote Sunday on a lockdown from Friday for some two weeks, at the first stage.

MK Yifat Shasha-Biton, a Likud maverick whose committee has several times stymied ministerial restrictions related to the battle against COVID-19, also says the government is only taking such an “extreme step” because it didn’t deal “bravely” with infection hotspots.

“The public loses faith when [leaders] don’t show the true picture, and when they don’t tell it why they’re actually taking these steps,” she tells Channel 12 news.

Knesset Member Yifat Shasha-Biton (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

In a separate interview with the network, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein insists there won’t be any “negotiations” over the lockdown plan ministers are set to approve tomorrow.

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