Ministers ask Knesset committee to extend coronavirus state of emergency

In a conference call, ministers agree to extend the state of emergency currently in place due to the coronavirus, with Israel continuing to have one of the highest rates of new infections in the world.

A joint statement from the Prime Minister’s Office says ministers will ask the Knesset’s Constitution, Law, and Justice Committee to grant final approval to extending the state of emergency until November 7, ahead of its expiration on September 6.

The decision approved by ministers cites “the fact there is still a real risk of a widespread outbreak of the coronavirus and significant harm to public health” as the reason the state of emergency needs to be extended.

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