LONDON: Israel said it had opened a factory to make millions of high-spec masks as it prepares for a possible “second wave” of coronavirus cases.
After imposing tough measures to tackle the COVID-19 illness, Israel has fared relatively well in the initial months of the pandemic.
More than 17,700 infections have been registered among a population of nine million, with nearly 300 deaths.
But as the country has gradually opened up in recent weeks, new outbreaks have occurred and the government has warned Israelis not to become complacent.
“We are preparing for a second wave of the virus,” said Defence Minister Benny Gantz, announcing the country’s first production line of N95 masks.
N95 masks offer a higher level of protection and are more sturdy than the simple medical masks worn by many Israelis.