By Maytal Yasur Beit-Or , Assaf Golan and Mati Tuchfeld, Israel Hayom—
Some 5,755 new cases of the novel coronavirus were reported in Israel over the past day, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.
Israel has recorded 914,403 coronavirus cases, including 6,580 deaths, since the onset of the global pandemic in March 2020.
According to the ministry, there are currently 400 patients in serious condition with 62 on ventilators.
As the coronavirus cabinet continues to debate restrictions on public gatherings in an attempt to curb the rising morbidity, fueled by the aggressive Delta variant, Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked said Tuesday that the public has to brace for dealing with epidemic-related deaths.
“We have to be able to deal with having patients who are in serious condition, as well as deaths because this is a pandemic and in a pandemic – people die. This is happening all over the world,” she should Channel 13 News.
Shaked stressed that the government “was never complacent nor was there any misunderstanding of the situation. Once we saw the smaller outbreaks … we knew very well where we were headed. We made the complex but strategic decision to live alongside the coronavirus with the knowledge that vaccines are available.”
She urged the public to get vaccinated, especially Israelis 60 and older, who are eligible for a second booster shot.
As for the possibility of imposing another lockdown – Israel’s fourth – Shaked said that the government was still weighing the issue and any decision made is taking with a two-week outlook.
“In two weeks we will assess the situation ahead of the new school year.”
Meanwhile, several ministers admitted that the government was “making delayed decisions.” Continue Reading….