As Israel’s corona cabinet meeting is slated to convene Tuesday at 1 pm, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will push to extend the nationwide lockdown for another two weeks.
According to outlet Maariv, the premier held talks Monday with Health Ministry officials and head of the National Security Council Meir Ben Shabbat as all sides agreed that an extension beyond January 21 was required due to rising morbidity figures.
Replying to criticism of a universal lockdown, Netanyahu said that “a localized lockdown does not work and did not work anywhere except for Australia, which is a very large country. Boosted enforcement, lockdown and vaccinations are the things that work,” Maariv reported.
During the cabinet meeting, a pessimistic scenario that forecasts a large wave of COVID-19 infections in March and April is expected to be presented to the ministers, broadcaster Channel 12 reported.
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