Covid-19 Cases Increase, Israel Implements Lockdown
Windowofworld.com – In order to anticipate the worst scenario due to the second wave of the corona virus (Covid-19), various countries in the world have again imposed lockdowns and tightened health protocols, both on a regional and national scale. This tug of war proves that the implementation of Covid-19 countermeasures is not optimal and effective.
Israel, which has declared itself free from Covid-19, has also returned to lockdown for the next three weeks, after an increase in Covid-19 cases in recent weeks. All community activities, from religious rituals to business in public places, will be strictly monitored and restricted.
The imposition of the lockdown falls on the Jewish holiday season. According to the protocol issued by the local government, Israelis are advised to stay at home and not to go outside more than 500 meters, except to work. Schools and shopping centers were also closed. Pharmacy and retail are required to open.
The public sector, non-government offices, and companies that do not base services on consumers are also allowed to operate. However, the number of employees who can work in one room is limited. Activities for meetings or other indoor gatherings should not be more than 10 people, while outdoor activities are 20 people.
“I know this regulation will be burdensome for all of us and must be paid handsomely,” said Israeli Prime Minister (PM) Benjamin Netanyahu, quoted by Reuters. “This is not a vacation that we usually go on. And we certainly won’t be able to celebrate it with our family, “he continued. Netanyahu also promised to prepare an aid package.
The Israeli Ministry of Finance stated that the lockdown policy would cause the economy to further decline with a national loss estimated at USD1.88 billion. Previously, Israel was already in recession after imposing a lockdown in April. The first lockdown was lifted after daily cases declined significantly and slowed down.
However, after reopening, daily cases jumped again, and there were even 2,715 new patients in just 24 hours. Since the Covid-19 outbreak in Israel, 1,108 people have died from complications of the disease. Israel also returned to the red zone. However, Netanyahu refused to impose a lockdown before finally being protested by residents.
Health Ministry Director General Hezi Levy said the Israeli population was under threat and had walked a circle of death. Therefore, the government should implement strict health protocols for mutual security and safety. He hopes this health crisis will go away soon and not return.
Just like Israel, Britain is also considering imposing a lockdown and very strict health protocols to break the chain of Covid-19 after being relaxed since May. Under the latest regulations, the public is prohibited from gathering more than six people in public places. PM Boris Johnson admits these rules are complex.
Head of the UK Health Office Professor Chris Whitty said the number of Covid-19 cases in the UK had increased more rapidly this week, especially among people of childbearing age, but remained the same among children and the elderly. According to Whitty, without any real action, England would have the same fate as France.
The Belgian government also imposed stricter regulations, even earlier. Belgium has been praised by health experts in the UK for being able to control the Covid-19 outbreak in an anticipatory, fast and effective manner. At present, some areas in Belgium are not completely safe, but appear much more conducive.
British citizens are now also prohibited from gathering more than six people, both indoors and outdoors. Those found to have violated social restrictions will be immediately fined £ 100. The fine will go up to £ 3,200 if the offender returns for the second time.
So far, the British government hopes it won’t have to impose another lockdown. However, the UK government is ready to improve health protocols according to developments in the field and expects the public to comply. As reported by The Telegraph, the British government is likely to impose a curfew.
British Health Secretary Matt Hancock also said the government was trying to avoid drastic changes by hoping that people adhere to health protocols.