Israel angry at nationwide coronavirus lockdown: “They are punishing us”

On Monday, Israel responded with anger and disappointment at a nationwide lockout aimed at curbing one of the world’s highest novels Coronavirus Infection rate. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday announced a new nationwide lockout, which would be imposed amid a stubborn increase in coronovirus cases, with schools and parts of the economy expected to close to reduce infection rates.

“this is unfair!” Amy Avishai, a 64-year-old seamstress, agreed hours after Netanyahu’s three-week lockdown began on Friday.

“They didn’t stop big gatherings at gatherings, weddings, and other events, and now I can’t be with my children and grandchildren during the holidays?” He added.

The shutdown will be implemented hours before the start of the Jewish New Year and the high holiday, including atonement and Sukhkot.

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Netanyahu Netanya, Israel, a man wears a face mask against the coronovirus epidemic on Monday, September 14, 2020.

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“Our goal is to prevent growth (in cases) and lower morbidity,” Netanyahu said in a national broadcast statement. “I know that these steps are a difficult value for all of us. This is not the holiday we are used to.”

While the Israelis largely accepted the strict lockdown imposed at the start of the epidemic in March, this time many have been disappointed over how to deal with the health crisis since businesses and schools reopened in May.

Barack Yevin, a 56-year-old director of Jerusalem music and dance, said, “Instead of enforcing the rules, strictly and systematically those people who are not wearing masks or who are holding gatherings of hundreds of people Punishing us collectively. ”

Where weddings and other events were allowed in the summer, widespread Israeli reports have allowed it to cross the limit of numbers and break many health regulations.

Yevin said the second lockdown marks the beginning of the academic year since September as a “real disaster” for educational institutions.

Israel has lagged behind Bahrain for the world’s largest coronavirus infection rate in the last two weeks, according to AFP.

Israel has recorded 156,823 cases with 1,126 deaths out of a population of nine million.

Authorities put forward the start of school earlier this month, but especially in some places with high infection rates.

Last week, the government imposed curfew in 40 high-risk cities and neighborhoods, the vast majority Arab or ultra-Orthodox communities.

Measures that failed to stop the spread of coronoviruses and Netanyahu on Sunday warned that health officials had “waved a red flag” to pressure hospitals.

Rumors are already spreading from the lack of food seen in the spring, although manager Haya Amgar said her supermarket is well stocked.

“We are not short of anything. There are masks like eggs, toilet paper (and coronovirus products),” he said. “I am ready.”

“There are more people this morning. It’s hard to say if it’s because of holidays or lockdowns,” he told AFP.

Those who support the government’s new measures argue that the economic impact will be limited due to many public holidays.

But there are widespread concerns over the loss of mental health from lockdowns.

“I’m asking a lot of people to go to sleep and for products against anxiety,” said Yoram Poplinger, 61, working at a central Jerusalem pharmacy.

34-year-old social worker Judith Tauti said the closure would be particularly difficult for the elderly.

“I understand that there is a risk for older people sitting at the table with a lot of people, but is it better to let them die alone?” he said.

Rivka Vakkinen, 70, said she was “so depressed” at the thought of being alone during the holidays.

“They could do it earlier. Now why in the holiday season?”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.