“There’s going to be a storm in the coming days,” Bennett said.
On Sunday, more than 4,000 people were registered in Israel. New infections in the past two weeks, there have been an average of 700 of them per day. The epidemic in the country is worsening, despite the fact that the vaccination campaign against COVID-19 is going well. As of July, nearly 4.2 million of the 9.3 million Israelis had received a booster dose.
Bennett said at a weekly government meeting in Jerusalem that his goal is to “enable the economy to function as fully as possible while protecting the country’s most vulnerable” from COVID-19.
At least 8,244 people have died in Israel since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Israel will go the way of Sweden?
In late December, The Times of Israel reported that The Israeli Ministry of Health is studying the application of the “Swedish model”, i.e. restricting restrictions and allowing as many people as possible to pass through infection with the coronavirus, which helps in obtaining herd immunity.
Proponents of this solution argue that by allowing the largest number of people to pass through the infection, they will naturally produce antibodies, and that a large percentage of Israel’s population will be protected by vaccines, writes The Times of Israel. Once the immunity of the population is achieved, the virus will not be completely eradicated, but the number of infections, severe COVID-19 cases and deaths will be significantly reduced.
Such an approach would be similar to the policy pursued by the Swedish authorities in the early stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, when restrictions were imposed only to protect the most vulnerable, allowing the rest of the country to continue a normal life. T.However, the management of the epidemic has been widely criticized, and The Swedish authorities have changed their policy over time.
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