Israel’s COVID-19 lockdown that was originally scheduled to end after the Sukkot holiday on October 9 has been extended to October 14.
“There is cautious optimism that the quarantine is working, but it is too early to say,” Netanyahu tweeted on Thursday.
“There is still a long way to go and there is no room for complacency. We must all maintain the health guidelines for the trend to continue. I will continue to make the right decisions and do what is right for you, the citizens of Israel.”
Netanyahu appeared to address his critics, tweeting, “I will not succumb to political pressure from either side, inside or outside the government.”
In recent days, Finance Minister Yisrael Katz and Economy Minister Amir Peretz have pressured Netanyahu to partially lift the lockdown so that small businesses can start operating again.
Netanyahu has steadfastly refused to discuss when the country will begin exiting the lockdown, citing the rushed lifting of restrictions in April 2020 which led to widespread outbreaks of the virus.
The number of active cases stands at 61,049. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 282,872 Israelis have contracted the virus.
The number of Israelis who have succumbed to the disease is 1,824.