Most people will eventually contract the coronavirus, the head of the Department of Health’s infectious disease advisory committee predicted on Monday.
“The [real] The question is whether or not the infected person is vaccinated. It is inevitable that the pandemic will infect the majority of the population. It won’t go away in six months, âDr Tal Brosh told public broadcaster Kan.
Brosh, who also heads the infectious diseases department at Assuta Medical Center in Ashdod, said he saw no reason to close Ben-Gurion Airport, arguing that it would distract “from the main problem – morbidity in the country.”
âIt can be just as dangerous to enter some cities in Israel,â he argued, although he acknowledged that there was some risk in keeping Ben-Gurion open.
Also on Monday, the director general of the Ministry of Health, Nachman Ash, said his office was concerned about the rising rate of infections and that it would assess growing restrictions, including limits on businesses, in next days.
Ash reiterated a call for Israelis to get vaccinated, saying higher vaccination rates would allow the government to avoid imposing a nationwide lockdown.
“We are doing everything possible to avoid confinement,” he told reporters at a press conference.
Ash said his office is working to determine when a lockdown will be necessary. Channel 12 reported on Friday that health officials believe it will be when Israel reaches 600 to 700 severe cases. The director of the health ministry, however, said on Monday that other factors are at play in the decision.
According to a Sunday Channel 12 report, senior ministers are considering the implementation of an emergency plan to relieve the health system and prevent a fourth nationwide lockdown.
The three-pronged plan would see the number of hospital beds and nurses increase across the country; part of the responsibility for coronavirus treatment transferred from hospitals to health management organizations; and a portion of critically ill COVID-19 patients – such as those not connected to ventilators – released for home treatment.
In doing so, health officials hope they can keep hospitals from overflowing, even as cases continue to rise. Because much of the decision to implement a nationwide lockdown would be based on the ability of the hospital system to withstand the surge in cases, the government is hoping the emergency proposal will, at the very least, win. extra time before a shutdown is needed, or in the best-case scenario, allow ministers to suspend such plans entirely, according to Channel 12.
Gaining time for the government is particularly critical as Israel is still in the early stages of its distribution of the third dose of the coronavirus vaccine, which health officials say will lead to a slowdown in particularly severe cases.