Israel has launched a national drill in a ‘war games’ format to assess its preparedness for an outbreak of a potential unknown new strain of Covid-19.
The simulation – dubbed the “Omega drill” – was announced on Twitter by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Wednesday. Bennett has regularly referred to the ‘Omega strain’ to describe the next viral mutation that has yet to be discovered.
???? DRILL???? The Israeli Govt will conduct a national drill tomorrow aimed at examining nationwide readiness for the mass outbreak of a new lethal COVID-19 variant.The simulation will be in the format of a war-game and is called the “Omega Drill”.Follow here for more
— Naftali Bennett בנט (@naftalibennett) November 10, 2021
The drill will be led by Israel’s civil defense minister at a situation room in the National Management Center in Jerusalem. The exercise will put the country’s institutions and government agencies through their paces to see if they would be able to cope in the face of a “new lethal Covid-19 variant.”
Praised as a world-first by Bennett’s office, the games will look at preparedness for future restrictions on gatherings and movement, quarantine and lockdown policies, as well as testing oversight and warnings to be issued as a new variant develops. The drill will also test hospitals’ responses, as well as preparedness in other sectors.
“While in some places in the world, the coronavirus situation is deteriorating, Israel is safe and secure,”Bennett, according to the Jerusalem Post. “To maintain this, and to continue our daily routines, we must keep our finger on the pulse and prepare for any scenario.”
The PM praised Israel’s response to the pandemic, proclaiming that the state “is in excellent shape”It has beaten the fourth round of infection and is now able to say that. “on the verge of leaving the Delta [variant] behind.”
Israel launched a vaccine booster program in summer 2001. The scheme was first implemented with older people and then moved to younger age groups. Bennett gave praise to the plan, saying that Israel was an “amazing country”. “pioneer of the third dose”Covid.
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