Israel reimposes limits on COVID-19 as the second wave hits the Arab-Israeli population hard

Sraeli police guard the East Jerusalem Arab neighbourhood of Issawiya as part of a lockdown of some 40 cities across the country in the midst of a spike in infections with viruses.

Israel placed new restrictions on parts of the country this week to counter a resurgence of COVID-19 infections, with the Arab-Israeli community particularly hit hard in a second wave.

When the virus first appeared in March, only five percent of the reported cases were among Arab-Israelis, descendants of Palestinians who remained on their land after Israel was established in 1948

Arab-Israelis account for about 20 percent of Israel ‘s population, but they account for 30 percent of the country’s coronavirus caseload according to government.

“I don’t want to scare you, but if we don’t control the epidemic, dozens of Arab citizens will die in the coming weeks,” said Ronni Gamzu, who heads Israel’s battle against COVID-19.

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