The Israeli government has agreed to a new lockdown on Sunday evening, which will last three weeks and also falls in an important holiday period. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on TV that the decision was necessary to prevent further spread of the coronavirus. The measure will take effect Friday, just before Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
During the lockdown, Israelis are not allowed to go further than 500 meters from their home. They may be able to go to work, but there are restrictions. Schools and shops will close, but supermarkets and pharmacies will remain open. The public sector continues to run, but with fewer staff. Non-governmental offices and companies do not have to close their doors as long as they do not receive customers.
Meetings in indoor areas are limited to a maximum of ten people, outside twenty people are allowed to congregate with sufficient distance from each other. “I know that these measures cost us all. It will not be the vacation we are used to. And we certainly cannot celebrate with our scattered relatives, “Netanyahu said.” Healthcare has raised the red flag. That forced the government to take action. ”
Since the end of August, the number of new corona infections in Israel has been rising alarmingly. On Sunday, more than a thousand cases of infection were added. The day before, there were more than 4000. In total, more than 150,000 Israelis have contracted the virus. More than 1100 patients died from the consequences.
The Minister of Housing Yaakov Litzman did not wait for the cabinet decision and resigned in protest against the announcement of a second national lockdown. Litzman is a member of the ultra-Orthodox Torah Judaism party. Locking the land again, he says, does not show respect for Jewish holidays. The celebration of Yom Kippur, the most important Jewish religious holiday beginning September 27, is also hit hard.
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