ISREAL ANNOUNCES THIRD NATIONWIDE LOCKDOWN
The Israeli Government on Thursday announced that it would impose a third nationwide lockdown one week after receiving its first consignment of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.
"A general lockdown will be imposed from 17:00 (1500 GMT) on Sunday for two weeks.
"There is an option to extend the lockdown for an additional two weeks unless the basic reproduction number (for the virus) falls below 1 and the number of new cases per day falls below 1,000,” a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said.
Authorities say Israelis will be barred from travelling more than one kilometre (1,000 yards or so) from their homes and businesses will be closed except for deliveries.
Exceptions will be made for those travelling for vaccinations and schools will remain partially open for some age groups.
The new lockdown comes after a surge in the number of Coronavirus infections in the country. It has so far recorded 385,022 covid-19 cases and over 3,000 deaths.
On Monday, the Israeli Government banned foreign nationals arriving from Britain, Denmark or South Africa, where a separate new strain has emerged.