A top Israeli health official resigned saying her guidance on combatting the coronavirus was being disregarded and the country’s containment efforts were “disoriented” as it faced a surging caseload.
The resignation of Siegal Sadetzki, the health ministry’s director of public health services, came after Israel re-imposed several lockdown measures in an effort to curb the virus’ spread.
“For a few weeks now, our compass for dealing with the pandemic has become disoriented,” Sadetzki said. “Despite repeated warnings in different forums, we are watching with frustration as our window of opportunity [to contain the virus] is running out.
“I’ve reached the conclusion that, in a new context where my professional opinion is not being accepted, it is no longer in my capacity to help prevent the pandemic’s spread.”
Israel had earned praise in March and April for its fast action against the virus, including the imposition of early travel restrictions. But its re-opening strategy has faced criticism as cases have shot up.