מתחם בדיקות קורונה למערך החינוכי בגני יהושע
Coronavirus testing station in Tel Aviv
Photo: Nadav Eves
Coronavirus testing station in Ramat Gan and Coronavirus Czar Prof. Ronni Gamzu

Coronavirus czar announces COVID-19 tests for every citizen

Gamzu says every Israeli could get tested without seeing a doctor first, an option reserved so far only for those residing in virus hotspots; virus cabinet postpones meeting due to disagreement on outline for reopening of education system

Adir Yanko |
Published: 10.20.20 , 18:37
Israel's top coronavirus health official, Prof. Ronni Gamzu, announced on Tuesday that every citizen will be able to undergo a coronavirus test without consulting a physician first.
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  • So far, only citizens residing in "red zones", which have high COVID-19 infection rates, could get tested without seeing a doctor.
    בדיקות קורונה ברמת גןבדיקות קורונה ברמת גן
    Coronavirus testing station in Ramat Gan and Coronavirus Czar Prof. Ronni Gamzu
    (Photo: AP, GPO)
    "The health maintenance organizations (HMOs) are ready and will execute this in the coming days. Everything will be open and available, and test results will also be available within hours," Gamzu said. "I want the entire state of Israel to have less than 5% positive test results, therefore we need more testing."
    "I want each person to get tested, especially people who have the slightest suspicion of being asymptomatic patients. In my opinion, as many people as possible should get tested, there are enough test kits. I do not fear labs would collapse under the pressure. The HMOs are working and know the exact workload expected on the laboratories. There may be some hiccoughs here and there, but it's a price I'm willing to pay."
    During his daily briefing to staff, the coronavirus czar also called on authorities to raise fines for transgressions of public health directives.
    Gamzu also said that as of Tuesday, Israel no longer has any significant "red" coronavirus hot spots requiring localized closures.
    מתחם בדיקות קורונה למערך החינוכי בגני יהושעמתחם בדיקות קורונה למערך החינוכי בגני יהושע
    Coronavirus testing station in Tel Aviv
    (Photo: Nadav Eves)
    He said this ahead of a meeting of the so-called Coronavirus Cabinet, which directs the government's response to the pandemic, to discuss lifting further restrictions as the country emerges from a month-long nationwide lockdown imposed in an effort to stem a spiraling infection rate.
    The meeting was later postponed to Wednesday due to disagreements between the different parties on an outline for an exit plan for the education system.
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