Israel Enters Third Lockdown as COVID-19 Cases Rise

Israel entered its third national lockdown since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic after reporting record cases last week.

Israel entered its third national lockdown since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic after reporting record cases last week.

The lockdown began at 5 p.m. Sunday evening and is expected to cost the Israeli economy NIS 2.5 billion ($776 million) for every week it lasts.

All residents are advised to stay within 1,000 meters of their home except for grocery shopping, seeking medical care, attending legal proceedings or exercising.

Most businesses would be closed aside from essentials would be closed while public transportation and workplaces that do not deal with customers face-to-face would be reduced to 50% capacity. 

Despite the strict restrictions, schools remained open but remote classes would still be conducted in most cases. 

All lockdown violators would be subjected to a NIS 500 ($155) fine while enforcement would be conducted round the clock by 6000 police personnel nationwide. 

“Lockdowns save lives. We are in a race between the rising morbidity and the vaccines,” said COVID czar Nachman Ash.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that despite another lockdown, a “world record” vaccination drive will restore a degree of normality in the country within weeks.


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