Health Ministry pushing plans for restrictions on synagogues and public gatherings. 'People didn't follow regulations closely enough.'

Israeli Health Minister Yuli Edelstein (Likud) warned Sunday that Israel is at the beginning of a “second wave” of the coronavirus, and announced plans to push for new restrictions on houses of worship, public gatherings, and higher education.

Speaking in a press briefing Sunday, Edelstein said the recent spike in the daily number of confirmed coronavirus infections marked the beginning of a ‘second wave’ of the virus.

“We are in the beginning of a second wave of the virus. Our goal is to get maximum results with minimum damage,” said Edelstein.

The minister blasted critics of the Health Ministry’s handling of the crisis, calling them ‘populists’.

“It is easy to speak in populist terms in order to score points with some people. It’s easy, but also dangerous. No one has till now offered a better plan for dealing with this.” Read more at Arutz-7