Sept 4, 2020
Israel has announced a new lockdown affecting 30 areas following a spike in number of new Covid-19 cases.
Travel into and from the affected areas, which have been classified as “red” will be limited and non-essential businesses there are to be shut down.
About 100 soldiers and 7,000 reservists would be deployed to back up police to enforce the lockdown
The drastic move to reimpose lockdown came after health authorities detected over 3,000 new infections on Wednesday, which is the country’s highest number of confirmed infections in a single day.
Israel has so far recorded 123,903 Covid-19 cases and 985 deaths, out of a population of nine million people, which is among the world’s highest detected per capita infection rates.
Its government had imposed an effective lockdown in March when the pandemic started to spread around the world but an economic re-opening in late April was believed to has caused a dramatic increase of new cases.