Virus czar: Lockdown can be eased if serious patients data goes down, even if cases high

Prof. Nachman Ash, the top official tasked with overseeing the government’s pandemic response, says there is a “race” between skyrocketing infections and rapid vaccinations, saying that if the number of serious patients starts going down, the lockdown could be eased even if infections remain high.

Coronavirus czar Prof. Nachman Ash visits the Ziv hospital in Safed, December 24, 2020 (David Cohen/Flash90)

Ash estimates that 10-20% of the new cases are mutated coronavirus strains, either the British or the South African variant.

He says cases are still growing, but not exponentially, which could be an initial positive sign.

He adds that the aim is to inoculate some 200,000 people per day.