Comptroller slams Israeli authorities’s Covid-19 failings



Israel’s State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman has issued a sequence of particular stories itemizing the federal government’s major failings in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic and its ensuing financial disaster.

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On testing the report cites the NIS 98 million spent by the Ministry of Well being on serological assessments nevertheless it has but to develop a complete plan on the right way to use them.

On monitoring whereas the Comptroller has some optimistic phrases to say concerning the Shin Wager icon and its efforts to interrupt the chain of an infection, he lists low figures for these observing isolation and excessive figures for falsely figuring out individuals who had come into contact with an contaminated particular person. Whereas praising the Shin Wager’s efforts to guard privateness, the Comptroller nonetheless suggests it will be higher for a civilian group to undertake the monitoring.

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The Comptroller additionally blasts the Ministry of Well being for nonetheless not having an epidemiological investigation system in addition to failing, along with the Well being Funds, to arrange correctly for distributing a Covid-19 vaccination when it turns into out there subsequent yr. One other criticism is of the failure to produce ample private protecting gear to medical groups.

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The Comptroller slams the Ministry of Training, which eight months into the disaster, and with faculties nonetheless closed and classes given remotely, nonetheless has no thought what number of college students should not have an out there pc at house and/or an Web infrastructure. The Ministry of Training, based mostly on OECD figures claims that solely 6% of schoolchildren want computer systems however the Central Bureau of Statistics places the determine at 16% and the Ministry of Finance Chief Economist says it’s 20%. To satisfy the shortfall the Ministry of Training has procured 150,000 computer systems nevertheless it stays unclear who they’ll give them to.

The Comptroller additionally takes the Israel Tax Authority to process for failing to ship out enough fee to the self-employed hit by the financial disaster due to issues in calculating the right compensation.

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Printed by Globes, Israel enterprise information – en.globes.co.il – on October 26, 2020

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