“Our goal is to keep Israel open, but not to get into a situation where hospitals say they are full,” the prime minister said during a visit to the new vaccination center in Jerusalem.
“We want to avoid that and we know when to apply the brakes,” he said.
“To avoid tougher restrictions, we will vaccinate, wear masks and keep our distance,” Bennett said.
Mr Bennett’s government on Tuesday announced a series of new restrictions, including the requirement to have a vaccination certificate or a negative COVID-19 test to gain access to enclosed gathering places for less than 100 people.
A requirement has also been introduced to wear masks in open spaces where more than 100 people can gather.
In announcing the new restrictions, the government’s COVID committee warned that the highly contagious strain of coronavirus delta was spreading rapidly, and urged Israelis to “stop shaking hands, hugging or kissing” when they met.
The Ministry of Health has also expanded the list of countries from which people come to be quarantined regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test. France, Italy and the United States were also included in this list.
In the last week and a half, an average of more than 2,000 people have been registered in Israel per day. new cases of infection. There are 229 COVID-19 patients with severe conditions, the highest number since April.
The rising morbidity for Israel is a step backwards from an impressive vaccination campaign that has helped reduce the number of COVID-19 cases registered per day from 10,000. to less than 100 cases.
Israel lifted most of the restrictions imposed as a result of the pandemic in early June, but the restrictions are gradually being lifted as morbidity resumes last month.
In Israel, which has 9.3 million. almost 60% of the population have been fully vaccinated. people, most of them with Pfizer / BioNTech.
But about a million Israelis still refuse vaccinations.
Last week, Israel began vaccinating people over the age of 60 with a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine. The Jewish state also vaccinates children over 12 years of age against COVID-19.