Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would announce Thursday night his decision on whether to make Health Ministry guidelines for containing the spread of covid-19 mandatory and subject to penalties – depending on all parts of the public exercising self-discipline. He referred specifically to some ultra-religious and minority groups. The PM announced that testing for coronavirus would rise to 3,000 per day from next Sunday and thereafter up to 10,000. But, he stressed, no amount of testing would work unless the public behaved responsibly and stayed home. He said that 1,000 additional respirators had been bought for the hospitals’ emergency wards to cope with the rising numbers of seriously ill patients.