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Senior health official: Israel headed for another lockdown if no change in gov’t policy

Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis, head of public health services in the Health Ministry, at a press conference in Jerusalem on June 23, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis, head of public health services in the Health Ministry, at a press conference in Jerusalem on June 23, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

A top Health Ministry official asserts that Israel is headed for another lockdown unless the new government shifts its pandemic policy to stem rising coronavirus cases.

While Israel has seen a spike in the number of daily infections in recent weeks, serious cases have only ticked up slightly and few deaths have been recorded.

Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis, head of public health services at the ministry, indicates to the Kan public broadcaster that she opposes using the number of serious cases as a benchmark, rather the number of new infections, when formulating COVID-19 policy.

“The meaning is treating coronavirus as if its the flu,” she says.

The comments come as the government has largely refrained from reimposing new restrictions amid the rise in cases, despite health officials reportedly lobbying for tighter measures.

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