“When Israel first started pulling up the drawbridges, it was taking the most extreme measures in the West to contain COVID-19”

Is Israel at the forefront of coronavirus measures?
by Lahav Harkov
March 13, 2020

…After the government announced it was stopping flights from China, there was talk about adverse diplomatic effects. China is very sensitive to its image in the world, and as a result, Israel made efforts to show that its problem was with the virus, not all of China. Those efforts included a video, produced by the Foreign Ministry, of Israelis saying that they stand with the Chinese in this difficult time; it was such a success that major Chinese newspapers and official TV channels reported on it. Israeli aid organizations also tried to send supplies to Wuhan, where COVID-19 first broke out. READ MORE

TIMES OF ISRAEL All leisure venues closing as Netanyahu urges Israel: Adjust to new way of life Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and government officials on Saturday announced a shutdown of all leisure businesses and activities throughout the country, with the premier pressing upon the public the need to “adopt a new way of life” for the coming weeks and possibly months as the country deals with the new coronavirus — and particularly underlining a guiding principle of individuals maintaining a distance of at least two meters from others at all times.

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