- Israel holds the reputation of being an international model of COVID-19 success.
- It is also the first country to impose strict travel restrictions and business closures early on to contain the dreaded virus.
- However, the second wave of coronavirus hit the country badly soon after the government started to lift restrictions.
After Israel has been hailed as the champion of the fight against COVID-19, the country is now struggling as it faces the unexpected second wave of the dreaded virus. From 20 cases daily in the middle of May, individuals getting infected have now escalated to 1,000 new cases a day in July.
The second wave hit Israel two weeks after it reopened its restaurants, pub, gyms, pools, event halls, and other public places. This eventually forced the government to close all establishments “indefinitely”. While restaurants and churches will remain in operation with limited number of people permitted within their premises.
In a dire warning, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the country received 90 severe cases and the figure is expected to double every four days.
“If we do not act now, we will have hundreds, and perhaps over 1,000 severe cases in the coming weeks, which will paralyze our systems,” Netanyahu said.
” All citizens of Israel know, or need to understand, that we must now take limited actions, with as minimal an economic impact as possible, in order to avoid those extreme measures that will paralyze the economy,” he added.
Netanyahu is in desperate move to avoid a complete lockdown citing more than 20% of unemployment rate since the pandemic hit the countries.
Based on a survey, public confidence in Netanyahu’s leadership of coronavirus handling is fading fast. From a high 73% public approval in mid-May down to 46%.
Aside from that, his top official in the Health Ministry Professor Siegal Sadetzki tendered his resignation. Along with his quitting, Sadetzki criticized Netanyahu’s handling of the pandemic.
“To my regret, for a number of weeks the handling of the outbreak has lost direction. Despite systemic and regular warnings in the various systems and in the discussions in different forums, we watch with frustration as the hour glass of opportunities runs low,” she said.
Meanwhile, some of Israel’s media sources, according to CNN, are reportedly more interested in the political fight between the Prime Minister and his defense minister Benny Gantz. The two gentlemen have been competing against who would best handle the fight against COVID-19.
Former defense minister Avigdor Liberman joined the squabble and criticized Netanyahu, saying:
“This government is crap, and the Prime Minister is full of crap”.
Oxford-AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 Vaccine Shows Encouraging Results, According To Scientists
Millions of doses could be ready by the end of the year.
- The coronavirus vaccine by The University of Oxford and drug manufacturer AstraZeneca has shown promising results during human trials.
- The World Health Organization has likewise mentioned the vaccine's development is "good news," although they were quick to add that much work remains to be done.
- Further trials are needed but if things go as planned, millions of doses will be available for the public by the end of 2020.
How One Woman In China Infected 71 People With COVID-19 After A Single Elevator Trip
Researchers believe she was “an asymptomatic carrier.”
- An asymptomatic COVID-19 carrier in China has infected 71 people after a single elevator trip.
- Several of her neighbors caught the virus and it eventually spread in the community, infecting even medical professionals in two hospitals.
First COVID-19 Vaccine Tested In U.S. Ready For Final Testing
The July 27 clinical testing will involve 30,000 volunteers; the world’s largest study for a potential COVID-19 cure, so far.
- The laboratory testing of a potential COVID-19 vaccine is now on its final leg of trial in the United States.
- During the clinical testing with 45 individuals, scientists reported that the vaccine did boost people's immune system.
- The final and most important step will be taken on July 27 when 30,000 volunteers will be injected with the potential cure.
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