Israel may be headed to a full country lockdown

September 9, 2020 3:15 pm
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On Tuesday, some 40 cities and neighborhoods across Israel were put under night curfews to help curtail the spread of the virus. The “red cities” as they are being called include Beit Shemesh’s Ramat Beit Shemesh Alef and Gimel, and Menucha VeNachala neighborhoods, and Jerusalem’s Kfar Ekev, Beit Hanina, Ramat Shlomo, Ramot, and Sanhedriya neighborhoods.

Coronavirus checkpoint outside Ramat Beit Shemesh earlier this evening

Tomorrow the coronavirus cabinet is set to discuss a potential full country lockdown as the number of positive cases across the country continues to rise. Israel reported an additional 3,563 cases on Wednesday with the death toll up to 1,053.

The plan that coronavirus commissioner Prof. Ronni Gamzu and the Health Ministry will present is still somewhat unclear, though it appears that from the health professionals’ perspective there are two options: a total lockdown such as the one the country underwent on Pesach or a “breathing” closure, one that would involve tightening restrictions but not completely shutting down.

The components of the Health Ministry’s plan are expected to include: forbidding travel between cities; requiring people to eat meals with their immediate families or no more than 10 people; closing schools, retail establishments, restaurants and leisure activities; and scaling back at other places of business.

The IDF announced today they will be assigning 500 soldiers to assist in enforcing the current lockdown.

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