ISRAEL - Leads the World in Coronavirus Lockdowns

Arno Froese

Israel, leading the world in coronavirus vaccinations, is also the leader in the amount of time spent in coronavirus lockdowns, as well as among the highest-ranking in the stringency of its response to the pandemic.

The country scored 86.28—higher than any other country—on the Containment and Health Index developed by the Oxford Coronavirus Government Response Tracker (OxCGRT) project.

The index is based on school closures, workplace closures, cancellation of public events, restrictions of public gatherings, closures of public transportation, stay-at-home requirements, public information campaigns, restrictions on internal movements, international travel controls, testing policy, the extent of contact tracing, requirements to wear face coverings, and policies pertaining to vaccine rollout.

The highest score possible is 100, with higher scores indicating stricter responses.

Tourism Minister Orit Farkash-Hacohen expressed outrage that Israel has been in lockdown for 139 days since the beginning of the pandemic, longer than any other country. By comparison, Germany has been in lockdown for a total of 88 days, the UK for 79 days and Spain for 67 days., 28 January 2021

Arno's Commentary

Israel’s success in fighting coronavirus is noteworthy. They implemented the first lockdown at the beginning of March 2020. The result was impressive, so that the coronavirus seemed to be under control—but not for long. Israel failed to lock down air travel, particularly from the US, where the ultra-Orthodox often ignored any instructions from the government. Recently, violent riots were instigated against the police by ultra-Orthodox groups: 

A grim and somber atmosphere prevailed over the ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea She’arim following a bout of severe violence amid its warren of narrow alleyways and cramped streets., 28 January 2021

In 2020, we reported of coronavirus outbreaks particularly due to religious violations of government health instructions.

An article by Reuters reports:

South Korean authorities were scrambling to rein in coronavirus outbreaks centered on Christian schools as the country reported a jump in infections, dampening hopes of a speedy exit from a third wave of the pandemic.

The health authorities said the Daejeon mission school outbreak appeared to have been spreading for some time before it was detected.

The Christian organization responsible for the facilities, International Mission, was ordered to test everyone linked to 32 of its 40 schools and churches around the country.

South Korea had managed to keep the virus under control thanks to aggressive testing and contact-tracing, but a third wave that broke out late last year has proven more difficult to contain., 26 January 2021

Again, we need to emphasize: the Church is not an organization, but an organism to be found all over the world. Wherever they reside, the respective government is responsible for the civilized functioning of that nation. Religious people must obey the law.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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