Virus czar on infection rise: ‘This is a local, not general, outbreak’

Coronavirus czar Nachman Ash describes the recent coronavirus outbreaks at several schools as localized upticks and not a sign that Israel could be facing a fresh wave of infections.

“This is a local and not a general outbreak whose source is primarily from abroad,” Ash tells Channel 13 news.

He also asserts that testing capabilities at Ben Gurion Airport have improved but the growing number of travelers was making testing more difficult.

“However, the issue of quarantine isn’t being done properly — people aren’t strict about it and therefore we see contagion,” he says.

Coronavirus czar Nachman Ash at Ben Gurion Airport on March 1, 2021. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Chezy Levy, the director-general of the Health Ministry, urged Israelis to don masks when riding public transportation, despite the end of the indoor mask mandate.

“In crowded places, particularly public transportation, it will would be wise to wear a mask,” Levy told the Ynet news site.

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