As Israelis head to the polls on Monday, the nation’s high well being official urged voters not to permit coronavirus fears to preserve them away from the poll field.
The message on Sunday from Moshe Bar Siman-Tov, director-general of Israel’s well being ministry, got here because the spreading virus has solid a heavy cloud over the nation’s elections, with some worrying it may very well be used to suppress voter turnout.
“The situation is under control. Everyone who was infected with the coronavirus, we know where they were infected,” Bar Siman-Tov said in a video statement, according to the Times of Israel. “It’s safe to go vote. Don’t hesitate.”
Although Israel has reported 10 circumstances and no deaths, it has quarantined greater than 5,000 individuals who could have been in touch with coronavirus sufferers.
As The Post’s Steve Hendrix reported final week, authorities officers have ready over a dozen biohazard voting websites to accommodate them. In masks and latex gloves, these quarantined voters will solid ballots in particular double envelopes that shall be counted individually. Instead of normal ballot volunteers, the polls shall be overseen by emergency technicians from a paramedic corps — on the opposite aspect of a plastic wall.
Anyone who demonstrates signs of coronavirus, nevertheless, has been prohibited from voting — even on the biohazard polls, the well being ministry stated.
“For everyone else, I say, go vote, everything is safe and you don’t need to worry,” Siman-Tov stated, in accordance to the Times.
With Monday marking the third set of nationwide elections in lower than a 12 months, some fear that rumors in regards to the novel coronavirus might dissuade an already exhausted voters and lead to one more stalemate.
Benny Gantz, the chief rival to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has accused the sitting chief’s get together of spreading misinformation to preserve voters from the polls.
But because the well being ministry careworn that it’s “the only official source of information” on the coronavirus, police stated they are going to be carefully monitoring the elections to cease the spread of rumors or false info “aimed at causing panic and disorder” round covid-19.
While visiting an ambulance service emergency heart on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu echoed the phrases of his well being minister and urged voters to head to the polls, the Times reported.
“We are in the midst of a global crisis,” he said, “but there is no country that is better prepared than us.”
Ruth Eglash contributed to this report.
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