Prime Minister Netanyahu begins his statement on the coronavirus.
“Happily we haven’t lost anyone. This won’t last,” he says at his office. “This isn’t a kids game… it’s a matter of life and death.”
Netanyahu says he’s announcing three more steps:
- These include a better ability to track down those who might have been exposed to the virus, which the government will be able to do after having approved “digital tracking” measures yesterday.
- He says Israel will also significantly ramp up its testing for coronavirus, claiming a potential ability to carry out 5,000 tests a day.
- He also asks Israelis to demonstrate “discipline and responsibility” to help curb the spread of the virus.
Taking the podium after Netanyahu, Health Ministry Director-General Moshe Bar Siman-Tov warns there could be a large rise in infections if people do not adhere to instructions meant to curb the spread of the virus.