Coronavirus Commissioner: No Lockdown Before Elections or Pesach

Police set up temporary roadblocks at the Ein Hemed junction, on Feb. 3. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

Israel will not impose a new lockdown in the next few weeks, Israel’s coronavirus commissioner Prof. Nachman Ash said Wednesday morning.

Speaking in an interview with Radio 103FM, Prof. Ash said that based on the current infection rates and the decline in the number of seriously ill coronavirus patients, he does not believe a new lockdown will be necessary before this month’s Knesset elections or Pesach, which begins several days after the elections.

“With a high degree of certainty I can say that Israel won’t go into a lockdown before the elections or Pesach.”

Ash expressed “satisfaction” with the declining COVID numbers, saying, “I am satisfied with the statistics; there is a nice decline in infection rates.”

He also discussed the issue of vaccinating children under 16, who are currently not eligible for the vaccination program.

Ash said that expanding the program to include younger children will be necessary to create a more comprehensive herd immunity in Israel.

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