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Israel Health Ministry estimates: ‘We’ll reach hundreds of patients a day; we estimate people will die’

Health Ministry Director Prof. Moshe Bar Siman Tov said: “Even in our best-case scenarios, there will be thousands of patients in Israel and people here will die. This is not the time to go to the parks and the beach – just sit at home,” he said.

Health Ministry Director Prof. Moshe Bar Siman Tov said: “Even in our best-case scenarios, there will be thousands of patients in Israel and people here will die. This is not the time to go to the parks and the beach – just sit at home,” he said.”

“If we take the steps, we can flatten the curve. There’ll still be many people who will die and many more will fall ill, but we can reach everyone… the ability to lower the number of patients depends on your behavior.

Health Ministry Public Health Services head Professor Sigal Sadecki said: “We’re in a difficult, complex, ongoing, and dynamic incident.

Netanyahu demanded that the public act responsibly, “I am glad we haven’t lost anyone yet, but it won’t last. It’s not a matter of freedom, it’s a matter of life and death.”

The Prime Minister noted that in order to reduce the number of casualties in the epidemic, “we will dramatically increase the isolation capacity for carriers. We will track down those who came in contact with coronavirus patients and inform them of the 14-day isolation. Many people are expected to go into isolation. This is not a recommendation but an obligation that will enforced without compromise.”

Netanyahu noted that the Shin Bet is taking action, and the number of tests will be increased, “dramatically increasing the number of tests – at least 3,000 tests a day.”