PM Netanyahu declares emergency after alarming high number of coronavirus cases

PM Netanyahu said that Israel is currently in a “state of emergency” in light of the alarmingly high number of new coronavirus cases in the country.

“We are in a state of emergency, we cannot delay the legislation, we must move forward with it to stop the spread,” he said.

Netanyahu will convene a coronavirus cabinet meeting on Monday to discuss imposing more restrictions on movement following the coronavirus outbreak that is plaguing the country.

The Knesset coronavirus committee approved limitation on gathering in event halls, bars and clubs to no more than 50 people as of Monday.

Deputy Health Minister Yoav Kisch said that Israel is currently in the midst of a second coronavirus wave that’s more “difficult and dangerous” than the first one.

He said that experts expect as many as 300 patients in serious condition within two weeks.

As of Sunday morning, there were 11,189 sick patients in Israel, including 86 who are in serious condition, among them 29 who are intubated.