Israel is going into another national lockdown this weekend, for three weeks. It’s controversial (as are most things in Israel these days), and the cost to our economy will likely be substantial. At the same time, our COVID-19 infection rate seems to be out of control.
This headline on Times of Israel is just horrifying:
According to the article:
The Health Ministry said Tuesday morning that the daily coronavirus infection rate had rocketed to nearly 5,000 a day earlier as the country prepared for the nationwide lockdown set to begin on Friday.
According to the figures there were 4,973 positive tests for coronavirus the previous day, taking the number of confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic to 162,273.Daily infection rate surges to nearly 5,000 ahead of lockdown | The Times of Israel
I read another headline in the last week or so where an Israeli medical practitioner commented that Israelis will only pay attention when we see the death toll climb.
I hope that’s not the case, and fear it is. While many people are wearing masks, trying to keep a safe distance, and keep to the rules, far too many are not.
Our new year starts this weekend. I hope that it doesn’t become memorable for the tragedy we bring on ourselves because we didn’t take the pandemic seriously.