The past few weeks have been very profitable and historical for Israel. Two central Arab states agreed to establish diplomatic ties with Israel after decades of conflict. Amid these significant diplomatic achievements, Israel has also witnessed a surge in COVID-19 cases.
Why there’s a new Covid-19 policy in Israel
As the number of infections grew, Israel became the first state to re-impose lockdown. The new three weeks extended restrictions came hours before the start of Jewish New Year. It is worth mentioning that Israel currently has one of the highest numbers of COVID-19 infected citizens.
His increase in the COVID-19 infection rate started in the past few weeks. The government officials also failed in controlling the growing numbers. Officials have even apologized to the public for their failure to provide an effective COVID-19 response. The average of the past few weeks reached 6,000 people getting affected in one day.
What the data says
According to the data, Israel has witnessed 1,169 deaths, and 177,000 confirmed COVID-19 infections.
Israeli President, Reuven Rivlin, has said that this is a second chance to improve the mistakes. And if the public denied the restriction, Israel might not get the third one.
The public has mostly rejected the new restriction imposed by the Israeli government. According to the local media, many citizens have taken to the streets to protest against lockdown re-imposition. The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, has warned that he will not hesitate to impose the lockdown. Moreover, protests could not force him to change his decision.
Netanyahu has acknowledged that these new restrictions will disrupt the festivities of the New Year. But he considers it to be a necessary step. Lockdown measures will also affect prayers in synagogues, which is the main reason for public anger.
Apart from the festivities, the most affected factor will be the economy. The Israeli economy has already faced a severe blow with the first lockdown and may not survive the second one. According to the finance minister of Israel, this measure will cost the country $1.9 billion. The government is making efforts to balance the economic needs with health needs.
The specific restrictions put in place
New restrictions call for ten people indoors. And 20 in outdoor gatherings.
Schools and shopping centers will also be closed under the new measures.
Government offices and businesses may stay open but may not provide any in-person services. Additionally, supermarkets and pharmacies will be assisting the public.
Israel was initially praised for its affective COVID-19 response. Since the country tightly controlled the situation. It was no small feat, especially when many other European nations struggled. Israel was doing well until complications arose as the government lifted its initial restrictions too soon.