Covid: Israel may extend lockdown by one week

New infections over 9,000 in 24 hours

14 January, 14:32

    (ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV, JANUARY 14 - The current lockdown in Israel may be extended by one week, as Covid cases continue to rise and the vaccine campaign continues, said Nachman Ash, who leads the government commission to fight the virus.

    "I hope to see in the coming days the start of the decline of new cases," Ash said.

    "We are witnessing the signs of a flattening of the curve, but not a decrease. It will take time," he said.

    Restrictions of the current lockdown, in effect from January 7 to January 21 - could be loosened if serious cases of infection go down, said Ash.

    According to Israeli health ministry figures, there were 9,388 cases in the past 24 hours out of 127,000 tests, with a 7.9% positivity rate.

    There are more than 1,000 seriously ill patients (1,042).


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