Health Ministry: Lockdown Will Ease When Daily Cases Fall Below 1,000

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Israel's chief health official warned citizens that a severe lockdown starting Friday will only end when the infection rate falls below 1,000 per day.

According to Arutz Sheva, Health Ministry Director-General Hezy Levy told Israeli radio:

“In order to end the lockdown in another three weeks, we want to see a reduction in the infection rate. We would want to get down to 500 infections per day, but obviously that’s not possible right now.”

“I believe that if we see the situation falling below 1,000 [new] patients per day and the right kind of behavior and a trend of declining infections along with a stabilizing of the hospital system, that will be a positive sign for considering ending the lockdown.”

Staring Friday, Israelis will be prevented from traveling beyond 500 meters from their homes and schools will be closed, along with many businesses. In addition, gatherings at synagogues will be strictly limited.

This second lockdown comes as daily cases in Israel soared above 4,000 per day. Israel is one of the few countries ordering a second general lockdown.

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