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Israel becomes 1st country to impose 2nd nationwide coronavirus lockdown

Israel becomes 1st country to impose 2nd nationwide coronavirus lockdown”

Spain's cumulative incidence, a variable closely watched by epidemiologists, showed almost 240 coronavirus infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the past two weeks, the highest in Europe.

The move comes just hours before the start of the Jewish New Year and the high holidays.

The Three-week lockdown will make Israel the first country to reimpose such stringent restrictions on a national scale.

Movement will be limited to 500 metres from home and restaurants will be closed to on-site dining.

Israel's government announced it would impose a 3-week nationwide lockdown.

"I know those measures will exact a heavy price on us all", Netanyahu said in a televised address.

"This is not the holiday time we're used to".

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Israeli Construction and Housing Minister Yaakov Litzman resigned on Sunday over the nationwide lockdown the government is planning to impose during the High Holidays. He also threatened to pull the ultra-Orthodox Jewish party that he leads out of the governing coalition, BBC News reported. "For three months, I tried to do everything to allow us to live life alongside the coronavirus and keep the number [of sick patients] at levels the health system could live with", Edelstein said, as quoted by The Jerusalem Post.

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.

Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets again on Sunday to call for his resignation over alleged graft and failure to manage the Covid-19 crisis.

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.

They blocked roads to Ben Gurion airport, from where Netanyahu was due to fly to the United States to attend the signing of agreements to normalise ties with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

There are more than 145,000 reported cases with almost 1,100 reported deaths in Israel.

Israel is about to enter a second COVID-19 lockdown as the country experiences a resurgence in cases following what some say was a fumbled reopening.



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