Bennett: Israel Could Beat COVID-19 Variant Without Lockdown

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett holds up a face mask as he delivers a statement on the coronavirus situation, in Jerusalem Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Bennett said Wednesday that Israel can beat a concerning rise in new coronavirus cases without a nationwide shutdown, but he called on people to wear masks indoors and otherwise comply with safety rules. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

(AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett says his country can beat the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus without a national lockdown.

He told reporters on Wednesday that a shutdown is a “last resort,” but that depends on people complying with new rules to wear masks indoors. He spoke as new infections climbed to more than 700 a day on Wednesday. Most are mild cases and hospitalizations remain low.

More than 5.7 million people of Israel’s population of 9.3 million have been vaccinated at least once. Some 5.2 million people have received two doses.


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