Coronavirus — Israel Losing Control of Second Wave

  • Israeli health experts are advising tougher restrictions on the government.
  • Israeli President Reuven Rivlin criticized the government's handling of the Coronavirus crisis.
  • Some business owners vowed to resist the new restrictions.

Israel is unable to contain the second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic. The government plans to impose new restrictions on the spread of the coronavirus. From the evening of Friday, restaurants can no longer serve their customers, and are only allowed to deliver food.

The first case of COVID-19 in Israel was confirmed on 21 February 2020, when a female citizen tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 at the Sheba Medical Center after return from quarantine on the Diamond Princess ship in Japan. As of July 17, there have been 47,459 recorded cases, resulting in 392 deaths.

Clubs and gyms must be closed, and hotels have to be closed every day. Shops, museums, and swimming pools should be closed again in the future, but only on weekends. The beaches were closed again on weekends. These restrictions will apply from next week.

These new decisions show that the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing many difficulties. Israeli health experts are advising tougher restrictions on the government, while representatives of the economy are warning of the deadly consequences of new restrictions on business.

2,000 New Cases of Coronavirus in 24 hours

Currently, the number of new people who have had a positive coronavirus case is increasing in Israel. On Thursday, the number reached 2,000 in almost 24 hours. Compared to Germany, which has 600 cases of coronavirus, the number of cases of coronavirus in Israel is very high. It should also be noted that Germany has a population of about 9 times larger than Israel.

Israel reopened its economy and education system very quickly in May this year, easing restrictions on the coronavirus. Many observers accuse the government of chaos in the management of Coronavirus. An Israeli doctor has warned that a weekend break is medically meaningless. The number of victims in Israel reached 46,546 as of Friday,, and 387 people lost their lives.

Earlier, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin criticized the government’s handling of the Coronavirus crisis. He said the Netanyahu government “does not have a clear strategy to deal with Coronavirus.”

Reuven Rivlin is an Israeli politician and lawyer serving as the 10th and current President of Israel since 2014. He is a member of the Likud party.

Rivlin stated that not even a national center has been set up for this purpose to collect scattered information there. He called on the government to work with various ministries to establish such a center, and to be in close contact with the nation to exchange information.

Tomer Moore, CEO of the Association of Strong Restaurateurs Together, said:

“This is a blatantly illegal order, it is our duty to fight for our business, even if we become criminals of our own free will. We will not throw away all the preparations and raw materials we have already made towards the end of the week, we will not change our conduct before we are presented with a signed order of the new restrictions.

We call on the public to come and support us, order from the menu, and take the food. Whoever wants to sit down is his choice. We will accept him with a smile and love. If anyone has a problem with that – we will pay in full the full compensation for it.”

At the same time, Ronen Nemani, owner of the Coffee Cafe Group, with 15 chains and 300 branches, said that in light of the new guidelines, he would be forced to close 200 restaurants. This would put thousands of more people in the unemployment circle

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.

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