Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein announced late Wednesday night that they had appointed Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center CEO Professor Ronni Gamzu as national Coronavirus project manager and as head of the control center.
Gamzu has many years of administrative experience in the health field including previous service as Health Ministry Director-General.
During the first wave of Coronavirus infections, he established the ‘Mothers and Fathers Shield’ project to protect senior citizens.
Gamzu’s appointment comes after a spiraling political saga and after other candidates were considered for the position but rejected it following squabbling between the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Health on the Corona manager’s scope of authority.
Gamzu is facing significant challenges as the infection rate in Israel remains very high and as the government is urgently seeking solutions to the pandemic that will not hinder the already ailing economy.
The Coronavirus National Information and Knowledge Center updated Thursday morning that it recorded 2,027 new cases in the past 24 hours, a record of daily infections since the outbreak of the virus in Israel.
There are 32,345 active patients in Israel. The number of patients in serious condition in Israel stands at 273, of them 78 are on life support.
Of the total 56,085 cases, 23,310 have recovered and 431 have died.
Israel may be facing a total closure in the coming days as it has set the marks for over 2,000 infections a day and over 250 patients in serious condition as red lines that should trigger restrictions on the public to stem the spread of the virus.