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Israel halts rise in infections, seven MKs in isolation, one has corona

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Published: 4 August 2020

Last updated: 4 March 2024

Haredim urged to obey rules; virus czar Gamzu says socio-economic crisis outweighs health woes; finance ministry says recovery may take five years

Health minister says Israel has ‘stopped the rise in infections’ (Times of Israel)
At press conference, Edelstein encouraged by declining infection rate; virus czar urges ultra-Orthodox community to heed rules; PM says vaccine prospects ‘encouraging’

Finance Ministry: Economy may need five years to recover from crisis (Jerusalem Post)
The report forecasts two possible scenarios: One in which the country manages to dance with the virus and one in which there are extreme spikes in morbidity.

Coronavirus czar says COVID health woes are outweighed by socio-economic crisis (Times of Israel)
Ronni Gamzu says he has no plans for closures over Jewish New Year; hopes for return of flights in two weeks, but says US yeshiva students should not be on them

Leaders show cautious optimism as virus numbers remain stagnant (Ynet)
Coronavirus czar Gamzu hints at upcoming leniencies to restrictions on restaurant industry; Netanyahu refers to highly contested budget issue, says state must immediately siphon funds into trudging economy

Government under quarantine: Seven MKs in isolation, one has corona (Jerusalem Post)
“When Shabbat came out, it unfortunately became clear that I was positive for coronavirus,” Rafi Peretz wrote on Twitter

Photo: Jerusalemites wearing face masks for fear of coronavirus walk on Jaffa road in Jerusalem on July 12 (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

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