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PM Lapid and Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz Hold Assessment on the Coronavirus and the Current Wave of Morbidity

Israel - Prime Minister's Office


Prime Minister Yair Lapid held an assessment on the coronavirus and the current wave of morbidity, together with Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz, at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, today.

Prime Minister Lapid:

"We are coming into the peak global tourism season at all airports, in Israel as well. This will affect the rate of spread. From this perspective, maintaining the level of readiness is critical. We are closely monitoring events.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Health Ministry for having turned into a sophisticated system."

Health Minister Horowitz:

"We have been very successful in the past year and will continue to lead a considered and responsible policy: To provide all the tools for safeguarding health, while maintaining a full daily routine.

We are currently seeing a recurrent rise in morbidity. We are not letting our guard down and are on constant alert. In order to continue maintaining a full daily routine, I call on the public to act responsibly, to be tested and to keep the rules for quarantine where necessary. We recommend - especially for groups at risk - to wear masks in closed places."

Prime Minister Lapid was presented with the morbidity status of the current wave, the routine of maintaining life in the country alongside the pandemic, the testing and quarantine policy and morbidity trends in the near future.

Prime Minister Lapid, Health Minister Horowitz and the professional officials emphasized the rule: 'Life alongside the pandemic - alongside readiness and preparedness.'

Following are the Health Ministry experts' recommendations to the Prime Minister and the Health Minister:

* Monitoring and managing the coronavirus as per the increase in morbidity

* Continuing to maintain the system according to the principle of dynamic readiness (activation and reinforcement according to assessments of the situation)

* Continuing to maintain stocks of medicines and acquisitions as per Health Ministry recommendations

Also attending the discussion were Alternate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Prime Minister's Office Director General Naama Schultz, Health Ministry Director General Prof. Nachman Ash, Public Health Service Director Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis, national coronavirus project manager Prof. Salman Zarka, Defense Ministry Coronavirus Director Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Moshe Edry, National Security Council Deputy Director Eitan Ben-David and additional professional officials.

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