Having learned a ton of lessons on the numerous COVID-19 cases in Israel, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Sunday that the national government will set aside 10 billion shekels ($3.1 billion) to combat future waves of the coronavirus pandemic as an “economic and medical safety blanket”.

Bennett revealed that he and Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman had agreed on an “outline for a one-time expansion of the 2022 national budget, within the framework of the lessons learned from the previous waves.”

“We will be prepared to save the lives of Israeli citizens,” Bennett said.

He said to deal with their current COVID problem, their approach is to do some innovative actions, and also a little bit of trial and error, vaccinations and safety measures, and micro-management of the situation daily, while taking all the considerations, not just the epidemiological ones, into account.

Based on the data from the Ministry of Health, since the outbreak of the pandemic, 1,322,652 Israelis have been infected with the virus.

The number of COVID-19 deaths now stands at 8,046, after five more people died over the weekend. Since Oct. 18, the daily death toll has not exceeded six.

The number of people in Israel who are vaccinated with a third dose is now 3,896,785; while 5,712,912 people have received two jabs and 6,217,352 have received a single shot.

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