Amidst a surge in coronavirus infections fueled by the Delta variant, local reports have suggested that the Israeli government is planning a lockdown as the continuous daily increase of coronavirus cases and seriously ill patients means that hospitals could be overloaded in a matter of weeks.

“It’s clear to everyone that if we don’t gain control we’ll be going to a lockdown,” an anonymous senior Health Ministry official was quoted as saying on Monday morning in a Yediot Achranot report.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office (Photo by Amos Ben Gershom, GPO)

With both hospitalizations and deaths on a rise, the IDF’s Coronavirus National Information and Knowledge Center has warned that if drastic measures aren’t implemented soon, the number of seriously ill patients will skyrocket.

Talking about lockdowns last week, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett slammed the previous government’s policies involving lockdowns, saying: “If we adhered to the previous policies we would have already imposed lockdowns and restrictions that would have paralyzed life activities. But our policy is different and clear – preserving life alongside the routine of life. My goal is to preserve businesses, education, and culture alongside COVID and to prevents lockdowns as much as possible,” Bennett asserted. “The lockdowns have led to the loss of NIS 200 million.”

According to sources in the ministry, if it becomes necessary to impose a lockdown it will be implemented during the Yamim Tovin. 

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