Israel to impose three-week nationwide lockdown

Clay Curtis
September 14, 2020

"Schools and shopping malls will be closed but supermarkets and pharmacies will remain open", the news organization added.

Members of the public will be ordered to stay within 500 yards of their homes.

In Spain there were 12,183 new cases reported on Friday, the largest single day rise in new cases since the pandemic began - although some of the cases were diagnosed earlier and only reported yesterday, inflating the numbers.

"If we keep the rules, and I am confident in this, we will defeat the virus". "I know these steps will take a heavy toll, that this is not the holiday we are used to, and that we will certainly not be able to celebrate with the whole family".

The announcement comes despite protests from part of the ultra-Orthodox contingent in government against a lockdown during the holidays.

Under the lockdown guidelines, still to be finalised, indoor gatherings would be limited to 10 people and outdoor gatherings to 20, meaning prayers at synagogues would be severely impacted.

Some media commentators have been criticizing the Israelis' plans to head to the United States since March for their second lockout in March as extravagant.

It makes them the first country in the world to reimpose nationwide lockdown restrictions.

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The outlet noted that "s$3 everal ultra-Orthodox lawmakers have threatened to pull out of Netanyahu's brittle coalition if the government goes ahead with a lockdown during the holiday season, which begins September 18 and lasts about three weeks".

The strict limits on faithful prompted Israeli Housing Minister Yaakov Litzman, who represents ultra-Orthodox Jews, to resign from the government.

In his resignation letter, he said: "This wrongs and scorns hundreds of thousands of citizens".

It has so far confirmed more than 150,000 infections.

Last week, the daily rate of new COVID-19 cases crossed 4,000 for the first time since the pandemic reached the country in February, prompting the second lockdown.

Israel earned praise for its initial handling of the coronavirus outbreak, moving quickly to seal the country's borders and appearing to bring infections under control.

Large-scale demonstrations have been held every weekend to protest Netanyahu's measures to curb infections.

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