Israel to set new nationwide lockdown as virus cases rise

JERUSALEM – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday announced a new nationwide lockout that would be imposed amid a stubborn increase in coronovirus cases, with schools and parts of the economy closing in a bid to reduce infection rates have hope.

Starting Friday, Jews will begin the high holiday season, schools, restaurants, malls and hotels will close, among other businesses, and will face restrictions on the Israeli movement and gatherings.

“Our goal is to prevent growth (in cases) and lower morbidity,” Netanyahu said in a national broadcast statement. “I know that this step is a difficult price for all of us. This is not the holiday we use. ”

The tightening of measures is the second time Israel is being ushered into a lockdown, following a prolonged shutdown in the spring. It is credited with bringing down the lockdowns which had very low infection numbers, but it wreaked havoc on the country’s economy, causing unemployment to skyrocket.

The lockdown will remain in place for at least three weeks, at which point the authorities may be exempted if the number is seen to decline. Israelis usually hold large family gatherings and pack gatherings later this month during Yom Kippur’s critical fast, which the settings feared could trigger new outbreaks.

An important point in the government’s deliberations on the lockout was what the prayers would look like during the holidays. Although the government’s decision did not mention the details given on the prayer during the lockdown, strict limits were expected on the faithful. This led to Israeli housing minister Yakov Litzman representing the ultra-Orthodox Jews, who resigned from the government on Sunday first.

There have been more than 150,000 confirmed cases of coronovirus and more than 1,100 deaths in Israel. Given a population of 9 million, the country now has the world’s worst outbreak. It is now seeing more than 4,000 daily cases of the virus.

Israel earned praise for its initial handling of the coronovirus outbreak, moving swiftly to seal the country’s borders and bring the infection under control. It has since been criticized for opening businesses and schools early and allowing the virus to spread uncontrolled.

Much of that criticism has been targeted at Netanyahu, who has publicly faced outrage to deal with the crisis and has seen thousands of protesters descend on his Jerusalem residence each week. Appreciating his decisive response following the spring outbreak, Netanyahu was distracted by politics and personal matters, including his trial for corruption charges, as the summer progressed.

Netanyahu has also been tempted to go to the cave under pressure from various interest groups, including his recent ultra-conservative ruling partner, who convinced him to carry out a pinpoint, city-based lockdown scheme Did, which affected ultra-orthodox. And the Arab community.

At the press conference announcing the lockdown on Sunday, Netanyahu defended his response, stating that Israel’s economy had emerged from earlier lockdowns in a better position than many other developed nations and that when matters were high, the nation’s coronovirus mortality Was lower than other countries. Similar outbreak.

The country’s power-sharing government, made up of two rival parties that joined a declared target to fight the virus, has also been betrayed for the new outbreak. The government has been accused of mismanagement, failing to properly address both the health and economic crises posed by the virus and led the country into its second lockdown.

Meanwhile some government ministers have pointed fingers at what they have said to undisciplined people, whom they have accused of violating restrictions on public gatherings and wearing masks.