סיגל סדצקי
Head of the Public Health Services in the Ministry of Health Prof. Sigal Sadetsky
Photo: Prime Minister's Office
Head of the Public Health Services in the Ministry of Health Prof. Sigal Sadetsky

Senior health official says multiple COVID-19 outbreaks possible

According to Prof. Sigal Sadetsky, number of patients in Israel is under control for the time being, but country must maintain policy of isolating patients, suspected carriers to beat pandemic

Attila Somfalvi |
Published: 03.24.20 , 13:52
Head of the Public Health Services in the Ministry of Health, Prof. Sigal Sadetsky told Ynet on Tuesday that the Health Ministry is taking into account the possibility of multiple outbreaks of coronavirus in Israel.
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  • According to Sadetsky, the number of patients in Israel is under control for the time being, but Israel must maintain its policy of isolating patients and suspected carriers to beat the pandemic.
    סיגל סדצקיסיגל סדצקי
    Head of the Public Health Services in the Ministry of Health Prof. Sigal Sadetsky
    (Photo: Prime Minister's Office)
    Prof. Sadetsky backed up a comment by Health Ministry Deputy Director-General Itamar Grotto who said Monday that while the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Israel keeps climbing steadily, the figures match the ministry's "more optimistic" predictions.
    "The number of patients went up drastically in the past week," Sadetsky said. "But there is no contradiction here [with Grotto's words]. It is important people understand that we will only see the results of our actions in two to three weeks," the professor said.
    "What we're seeing today is the result of our actions from two weeks ago, that were right and justified, in my opinion. We must not fall asleep at the wheel because if don't act accordingly – we'll be in a bad situation within two weeks," she said.
    "We're in a constant situation where we have to act out of uncertainty before we know what our actions yield. If I had the option to see the effects of my actions within an hour, I would have been very happy, but, unfortunately, it's not possible in the situation we're in."
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