As Daily Deaths Soar To New High, Health Ministry Says Must Extend Lockdown

A worker from ‘Hevra Kadisha,’ Israel’s official Jewish burial society, in full protective gear, rests at a special morgue for people who died from COVID-19 in Holon, January 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

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The Health Ministry said on Monday that in light of the still high infection rate, lockdown restrictions should be extended for another week, until February 7. Currently, the lockdown is scheduled to expire on January 31.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is expected to meet with the Cabinet on Tuesday evening to approve the issue.

A grim record high of 68 fatalities in the previous 24 hours was confirmed on Monday evening, the highest daily tally since the start of the pandemic, with the death toll now at 4,478. Over 1,000 fatalities have been recorded since the beginning of January.

Overcrowded hospitals have been forced to instruct ambulances carrying virus patients to wait outside for hours while they struggle to free up space in their virus wards. All Jerusalem hospitals have notified ambulances that they cannot accept any more coronavirus patients and one woman in Jerusalem died in an ambulance on Sunday when all hospitals refused to admit her due to lack of space.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. Instead of using Dr. Zelenko’s protocol, ivormectin, and Pulmicort, the government curries favor with gentile rulers by committing tyranny against their own people.

  2. Maybe the lockdowns don’t work at reducing the transmission of the virus, and that is why the numbers keep going up? Unfortunately, the government doesn’t know of any solution other than oppressing the Jews. Maybe just give it all to Hashem and see if things work out better – they certainly won’t be any worse!

  3. “Instead of using Dr. Zelenko’s protocol….:
    You forgot the Zinc and Clorox coupled with inserting an ultraviolet light where the sun doesn’t shine. If this wasn’t so tragic, your post might be funny. Obviously, the Ebeshter is looking out for Chareidim and other ehrliche yidden who don’t support the “pork eating” government. Oh, I forgot, the Chareidi death rate is more than 300 percent higher than that of the secular population. Oh well, just a coincidence.