Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday warned that a total shutdown of the country was imminent if the number of Israelis infected with the coronavirus continued to rise.
Citing the Talmudic passage, “Whoever saves one life, it is as if he saved the entire world,” Netanyahu said, “Everyone who infects one life, he infects the entire world.”
Referring to the ongoing rise in new coronavirus cases, Netanyahu said that if this did not change, a “complete closure” of the country would be imposed.
The authorities were preparing for such a scenario, he said, and while he did not specify, this likely referred to plans to confine the entire population to their homes and have the Israeli military deliver all essential goods and services.
Netanyahu also emphasized the importance of home quarantine, saying, “You must stay at home. Whoever stays at home, stays alive.”
He added that Israel was making enormous efforts to acquire the medical equipment necessary to fight the virus, such as ventilators and test kits.