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Virus czar says 2 plans being drafted to exit lockdown, depending on morbidity

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

Nachman Ash, the coordinator of the government’s pandemic response, tells reporters in a briefing that Israel is preparing two separate plans to exit the current lockdown, depending on morbidity levels.

“We will recommend a limited [reopening] plan if infection rates don’t go down,” Ash says at Ben Gurion Airport, which is set to close almost completely today.

“The second option is a more broad plan that will enable a bigger reopening of the economy.”

He adds that anywhere between 40% and 70% of new confirmed coronavirus cases are infected with the more contagious British COVID-19 strain.

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