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Government COVID experts push strategy rethink as infections spread

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The government’s coronavirus advisory panel has urged cabinet ministers to change course and enact new restrictions on gatherings, warning that current policies are doing little to curb a prolonged surge of new infections.

During a meeting Wednesday evening, the panel of experts reportedly urged government officials to adopt an overall change in their approach to fighting COVID, which until now has largely sought to avoid the heavy restrictions seen under the last government.

“It is unreasonable to continue on the current course,” one expert said, according to the Kan public broadcaster. Other advisers were quoted by Channel 12 news as saying that the vaccination campaign pushed by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz has not done enough yet to curb rising cases, “and a change in policy is needed for the interim period until there is a significant and consistent decrease in serious cases.”

The advisers reportedly told government ministers that “the extent of rising morbidity over the past month has extracted a heavy human toll.”

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in Israel, 7,602 people have succumbed to........

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