TEL AVIV (dpa-AFX) – Shortly after the announcement of record numbers, the lockdown regulations in Israel are to be tightened. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced in a video message late on Wednesday evening that the already tightened lockdown that had been in place last Friday would be converted into a “complete lockdown” for two weeks from next Friday. The head of government did not initially give details.
The Ministry of Health announced that 6950 new infections with the corona virus were recorded as of Tuesday. So many new cases in one day have not yet been registered. The number of tests had recently also increased, but the rate of positive tests was a very high 11.7 percent.
For comparison: around nine million people live in Israel. Germany has around nine times as many inhabitants, where 1769 new infections were last reported within 24 hours.
A lockdown has been in effect in the Mediterranean country again since Friday. People have to come to terms with school closings and restrictions on freedom of movement. With the restrictions, the government wants to prevent the health system from being overloaded. One trigger was the warning from hospital managers of impending capacity limits. The Ministry of Health ordered that paramedics should be deployed to support the staff in clinics with immediate effect./seb/DP/fba