Israel will on Friday afternoon see another lockdown which will return the country to many of the strict restrictions of the first lockdown in April.
This follows a surge of Covid-19 cases in the country.
Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, had at a cabinet meeting on Sunday, said the county’s coronavirus czar,had raised ‘a red flag regarding the ability of the health system to handle the challenges that are upon us and( thus) the need to take the necessary steps as a result”.
The Prime Minister announced the lockdown after coronavirus cases surged last week reaching a new daily record of 4,217 cases in 24 hours on Thursday, the third straight day with more than 4000 cases recorded. The number of patients in serious condition has risen to 513 while those on ventilators have climbed to 138 as of Saturday.
The second round of lockdown imples that schools, restaurants( except delivery) and entertainment venues as well as other businesses will all close for a period of three weeks
The pubic sector is required to work with limited workforce while the private sector can open as long as non- employees do not enter the workspace. Essential services like pharmacy and food stores will remain open while indoor gathering is limited to 10 and outdoor gathering to 20.
The restrictions will be lifted only when the country sees a sharp decline in infection rates.