By COLlive reporter
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is currently in quarantine in his official residence in Jerusalem, but that doesn’t mean that the country is doing bad during the coronavirus pandemic.
A graph published by the Deep Knowledge Group on Tuesday, March 31, ranked Israel as the #1 in the “Coronavirus Health Safety Countries Ranking.”
Deep Knowledge Group is a consortium of commercial and non-profit organizations active on many fronts, ranging from scientific research to investment, entrepreneurship, analytics, media and philanthropy.
On the ranking, Israel received a score of 619, followed by Singapore with a score of 600. High up the list are then Slovakia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Hungary, Austria, Germany, and Greenland.
In the tanking of “Coronavirus Treatment Efficiency Countries Ranking,” Asian countries such as Singapore, S. Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China and Japan. Following them are Germany, Austria and then Israel.
In the chart of “Country Risk Level During COVID-19 Pandemic,” Italy is on top, followed by Indonesia, Spain, Iraq, Iran, the Netherlands, France and then the United States and England.
Despite the absence of an official government and no ruling coalition in the Knesset, Netanyahu’s interim government has been quick to act after the disease broke out in central China.
It began with limiting gatherings of 100 people and then down to 10 people. On 19 March, Netanyahu declared a national state of emergency, saying that existing restrictions would henceforth be legally enforceable, and violators would be fined.
Israelis were not allowed to leave their homes unless absolutely necessary. Essential services—including food stores, pharmacies, and banks—would remain open. Restrictions on movement were further tightened on 25 March.
Even with the ranking, Israel’s National Security Council (NSC) head Meir Ben-Shabbat and Health Ministry Director-General Moshe Bar Siman Tov, are keeping a cautionary tone.
In a briefing of interim government ministers on Tuesday evening, they discussed how the coronavirus epidemic is being dealt with and on the steps planned to prevent it from spreading.
Ben-Shabbat said: “The goals of our policy at the moment are fourfold: Ensure blocking of the epidemic, improve preparations for its continued spread, create exit conditions and slow, cautious and graduated return to a different routine from that which is familiar to us.”
“All of this will be after Pesach and only after completion of preparations,” he said. “We are still in the danger zone. A single day like Purim or one localized flare-up would suffice to torpedo all our efforts; therefore, the existing restrictions must continue and all instructions followed.”
In many of his public talks, the Rebbe would quote the Torah (Devarim 11:12) that of Eretz Yisrael, G‑d’s chosen land, it is written, “the eyes of G‑d are always upon it, from the beginning of the year to its end.”
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