New covid-19 hotbed at Deir al Asad amid preparations for Ramadan
While the level of coronavirus infection was relatively low in Israel’s Arab community until recently, 23 residents of the Galilee village of Deir al Asad were suddenly discovered with the disease and hundreds more with potential infection. On orders of the Health Ministry the sick patients were removed to hospital and the village placed on lockdown. Arab leaders and Knesset members have consistently urged their community to comply with the restrictions imposed on the country to contain the spread of coronavirus. They are also taking part in a government task force preparing measures for the month-long Muslim Ramadan festival starting on April 27. Those restrictions will not replicate the Passover lockdown imposed on the rest of the country, but be partly tailored as far as possible to Arab communal ways.