Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly warned his Likud party that the COVID-19 coronavirus, if reports about reinfection are true, could wipe out humanity, according to the Times of Israel, citing an unnamed Knesset member. Netanyahu’s assertions are said to stem from reports that those who have recovered from the deadly disease have again tested positive.
“There are reports from overseas about reinfection. If this is true, the significance could be the end of humanity”, the PM declared, according to the anonymous Knesset member.
Other party members do not remember him saying those words, but did confirm that the PM spoke freely of “scenarios of global anarchy”.
The quotes reportedly come from Netanyahu and Israel’s Health Ministry Director-General Moshe Bar Siman-Tov in a meeting with the cabinet of ministers and others in charge of tackling the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
Earlier, Netanyahu expressed concerns on the likelihood of COVID-19 reinfection, suggesting in an April speech that if reports from South Korea on the reappearance of the disease following a recovery are correct, then “the reality [of the global pandemic] is far more complex”, noting that a “reawakening” of the virus would cause a much more widespread infection.