“The presence of 30,000 people in the small territory will lead to the wave of infection with coronavirus,” Director of International Affairs Department of Israeli Health Ministry Asher Shulman said.
However, in July, the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine formed the view that the arrival of the dozens of thousand of Hasidim-pilgrims in Uman for the celebration of Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah in the traditional format this year is impossible.
Earlier, Mayor of Uman Oleksandr Tsebriy stood against the arrival of Hasidim in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“The government predicts the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic exactly for September. That is why I stand against the visit of our city by the pilgrims this year,” Tsebriy stated.
In 2019, over 30,000 Hasidic pilgrims celebrated Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, in Ukraine.