Israel’s Director of Health Ministry Resigns Amid Outbreak of Coronavirus Delta Variant

Health Ministry Director General Chezy Levy holding up a coronavirus vaccine in March. (Credit: Tomer Appelbaum)

The director general of the Health Ministry, Prof. Chezy Levy, announced his resignation on Sunday, with his replacement yet to be appointed and the delta variant continuing to spread across the country.

According to sources, the director general met with Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz on Sunday to inform him of the decision.

As Levy’s announcement broke, Israel’s coronavirus cabinet was meeting for the first time in months to discuss ways to combat the spread of the COVID delta variant.

The coronavirus cabinet decided not to impose any new restrictions at present. The cabinet decided to focus their efforts on developing a plan for enforcing quarantine of Israelis returning from abroad, and a campaign to encourage vaccination among younger teens.

On Saturday, Israel recorded 113 new coronavirus cases, in light of outbreaks of the more infectious delta variant hailing from India.

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SOURCE: Haaretz, Ido Efrati