New virus cases mount as Netanyahu threatens total closure

The number of people who have tested positive in Israel for coronavirus has now risen to 2,495 up from 2,030 cases yesterday morning, the Ministry of Health reports. Of the 2,495 cases, 41 are in a serious condition, 68 are in moderate condition and 66 people have recovered. There have been five fatalities ranging in age from 67 upwards and all the deceased had preexisting serious medical conditions.

The 465 new cases over the past 24 hours set a new daily record and compares with 374 new cases over the previous 24 hours. However, in part this rise is due to the increased number of tests being carried out – 5,240 over the past 24 hours.

Yesterday evening more stringent closure restrictions came into effect. The main change is that people are only allowed to move around outside within 100 meters of their home. All synagogues are closed with only outside prayer assemblies allowed providing people remain two meters from each other.

People are only allowed to leave home to go to work or to buy food, household goods and other essentials as well as medication or for medical treatment and to donate blood. Public transport has been cut by 25% and the trains halted altogether and only one person will be allowed to travel in a taxi, and only in the back seat with the window open. Other reasons for leaving home are to attend a demonstration, legal proceedings, go to the Knesset, or to tend to the elderly and infirm.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that if the new restrictions do not stem the spread in the number of new Covid-19 cases then a complete lockdown will be imposed.

Published by Globes, Israel business news – – on March 26, 2020

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