Israel’s National Nurses Union announced Thursday a general strike starting Monday.

The planned strike comes amid rising numbers of coronavirus infections and the government’s intention to impose a weekend lockdown.

National Nurses Union Chairwoman Ilana Cohen wrote an open letter to the Health Ministry and the heads of the Israeli health maintenance organizations, saying the decision to strike was made “out of national responsibility and in order to prevent the collapse of the nursing system and save human lives.”

“It seems that the Ministry has failed to stand up to the test and is not doing enough to make human lives and health its top priority,” wrote Cohen.

“Unfortunately, we are left with no other choice but to take action before we are forced to deal with the immoral and inhumane choices of who deserves proper treatment and who does not,” wrote Cohen.

“We nurses have decided to take action and utilize the legal means at our disposal to prevent harm and loss of life, and to stop the erosion of our progress against the coronavirus, and to prevent the impending doomsday situation for the public health system.”