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Netanyahu puts Israel into 3-week lockdown, citing rapid spread of Covid-19

Addressing the nation on Sunday, Netanyahu promised that the restrictions would be accompanied by a new economic aid package, which the government is to announce on Thursday.

The media reported earlier that the lockdown would prevent citizens from moving more than 500 meters from their homes, but that the country’s Ben Gurion Airport would remain operational.

Israel has registered around 153,000 cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic in December, with almost 2,400 registered in just the past 24 hours. There have been more than 1,100 deaths.

In recent days, local TV channels have sounded the alarm over the country having the highest number of Covid-19 infections per capita in the world. It was currently averaging almost 200 new confirmed cases per million residents every day, journalists said, having analyzed data from Johns Hopkins University in the US.

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