Israel’s director of public health resigns after country experiences sharp rise in COVID 19 cases

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Israel’s director of public health has resigned after the country experienced a sharp rise in cases.

Siegal Sadetzki, an epidemiologist, criticised the government’s response and said it had lifted lockdown restrictions too quickly.

Israel imposed a national lockdown in April, and by the following month it had reduced the number of new cases to about 20 a day.

But it reopened schools and businesses shortly after and the rate of infection rose sharply. The daily number of new cases hit 1,000 last week.

On Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the country needed to take “limited actions” to avoid another full lockdown.