Israel government approved second lockdown restrictions International News
Israel: Israel’s government has approved the restrictions that will be enforced under a second nationwide lockdown, following a dramatic surge in new Covid-19 infections.
The measures will take effect at 14:00 (11:00 GMT) on Friday, just as the Jewish New Year festival of Rosh Hashanah begins, and last for three weeks.
Everyone will have to stay within 500m (1,640ft) of their homes, with limited exceptions including buying food or essential supplies, travelling to workplaces, and exercising
Schools will be closed from Thursday, except for special education Gatherings will be limited to 10 people indoors and 20 people outdoors. But spending time in the home of another person will not be permitted.
Israel became the first country to reimpose a nationwide lockdown after its health ministry reported the highest level of infection per capita in the world and hospitals warned that they would be overwhelmed within weeks.
On Wednesday, President Reuven Rivlin apologised for the failure of the country's leaders to contain Covid-19 since the first lockdown ended in May.
But he also appealed to Israelis to heed the new measures. “This is a second chance and we must take it because we will not, I fear, get a third one,” he warned. (BBC)
Posted Date : 18-09-20
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