Netanyahu warns of new restrictions

JERUSALEM, March 15, 2020 (Xinhua) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a speech regarding the new measures that will be taken to fight the coronavirus in Jerusalem on March 14, 2020. Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Saturday the closure of all shopping centers, restaurants, cafes, theaters and cinemas as part of the efforts to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. So far, 193 coronavirus cases have been reported in Israel, of whom four have recovered. (Alex Kolomoisky/JINI /Handout via Xinhua/IANS)

Jerusalem, June 1 (IANS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that new restrictions will be re-imposed if the coronavirus spread in the country continues, after most of the lockdown rules had been lifted.

Speaking during a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday, Netanyahu told his Ministers that there was a steep increase in the number of coronavirus cases in recent days, reports Xinhua news agency.

“The coronavirus is not behind us,” said Netanyahu.

“In order to know if there is a real trend change, we will review our next steps over the next few days and if needed we will change the policy accordingly,” he said.

On Saturday, Netanyahu addressed the nation and warned that “there has been a general loosening in discipline”.

He urged people to wear masks and keep social distancing.

On Friday, Israel recorded 115 new confirmed cases of coronavirus, the highest daily increase since the beginning of May, according to official figures by the Health Ministry.

At least 78 of them were students and staff members at the Hebrew Gymnasium, a prestigious high school in Jerusalem.

The outbreak was diagnosed some ten days after the school was re-opened.

Israel has lifted over the past two weeks most of the lockdown rules, including re-opening of schools, kindergartens, shops, swimming pools, restaurants and cafes.

As of Monday, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Israel stood at 17,071, with 285 deaths.

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