ISRAEL: Netanyahu Calls For Strict National Lockdown

The Associated Press reports:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was pushing on Wednesday for an immediate and strict nationwide lockdown as the country’s raging coronavirus outbreak showed no signs of slowing. Netanyahu warned the nation that tough measures loomed as he took a break from a stormy session of his coronavirus Cabinet. Members of the policy-making body were reportedly deeply divided over whether the measures would apply to large demonstrations by Netanyahu’s opponents calling on him to resign.

In a video statement, Netanyahu said action was needed to stop the pace of infections. “The situation is difficult,” Netanyahu said. “There is no choice but to take the difficult decisions and we will save lives.” The looming lockdown amounts to an admission of failure by a prime minister who just a few months ago had boasted about being a world leader in responding to the global pandemic.