Israel fights novel coronavirus, yet labs don’t work on Shabbat

There are 21 labs in the country, yet some, like the one in Haifa, still are not allowed to work on the weekend.

Lab technician using microscope (photo credit: INGIMAGE / ASAP)
Lab technician using microscope
(photo credit: INGIMAGE / ASAP)
The Association of Microbiologists, Chemists and Lab Workers said that despite the national effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, not all labs were approved by the Health Ministry to work on the weekend, Haaretz reported.  
The Haifa lab, able to conduct 330 checks for the novel coronavirus per day, is one example of a facility that did not receive such a permit and will therefore not work on Saturday.
At the time of this writing, one Israeli has died after contracting COVID-19 and 707 people are reported to be infected with the virus.  
The head of the association, Ester Admon, argued that “in a time such as this, labs must work 24/7” and called on the Finance Ministry to find a way to compensate workers who are necessary to function in such a taxing manner.  
The Health Ministry denied the claims and said that labs are to work 24/7 under the emergency.