Second coronavirus lockdown: Israel is first nation to bring complete restrictions back

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On Thursday the Israeli government took the decision to begin a countrywide lockdown starting next Friday. The new lockdown would begin on the eve of the Jewish new year. The strict regulations could comprise such rules as a ban on moving more than 500 metres from a person’s home.

There could also be limits on gatherings of ten people indoors and 20 outdoors.

The measures will also see schools being shut and lessons being held online.

Data from John Hopkins’s University showed Israel now had the highest new infection rate per person globally.

Infections continue to rise across the nation leading to criticism of leader Benjamin Netanyahu’s handling of the crisis.

Yesterday 4,429 new cases were recorded.

Contrasting the high infection rate, the mortality rate in Israel remains low.

There have been 1,077 deaths in Israel since the pandemic began.

The conclusion amongst experts is that the low death rate is because of Israel’s relatively young population demographic.

Israel has an overall capacity to treat 800 serious coronavirus cases at any given time.

The country presently has 486 serious coronavirus cases.

But, speaking to the Times Professor Dror Mevorach of the Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem described the situation of critical cases as being worse than the statistics reveal.

He said: “We’ve long ago reached the red line.


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“People are behaving without understanding the seriousness of the situation and the leadership isn’t giving any example.

“We’re in slow collapse.”

The government has been accused of putting the economy and business interests above the safety of individuals.

The Israeli government has recently been hastily making maneuvers to convey they are taking responsibility for the recent failures in tackling the pandemic.

They have given responsibility for contact-tracing to the military.

But military sources say that they will not be able to begin conducting contact-tracing until November.

Israel has a population of 8.8 million people.

But the majority of new cases have arisen in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities who have insisted on holding weddings of 1,000 guests and resuming face to face study in ultra-Orthodox seminaries.

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