Netanyahu: Following lockdown, Israel’s COVID-19 morbidity among lowest in the world

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that while the country’s nationwide lockdown has dramatically lowered COVID-19 morbidity, lifting the restrictions would be a drawn-out process.

In his opening address to the coronavirus cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said that, prior to the lockdown, “Israel was ranked first in morbidity per capita in Europe.”

“We imposed a lockdown, and we came down quickly,” he said. “The other countries of Europe that did not impose lockdowns and did not impose tough restrictions—went up quickly. Belgium, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands—all these countries now have higher morbidity than ours, other than Germany, which is also going up.”

In a post to his official Twitter feed, the prime minister said Israel’s COVID-19 morbidity was among the lowest in the world.