Israel recorded its highest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, with 5,523 new diagnoses, according to the country’s health ministry.
Overall, Israel has reported more than 166,000 cases with at least 1,147 deaths.
Israel is slated to begin another nationwide lockdown on Friday in an effort to curb the soaring infection rate, though restrictions will be slightly less severe than the first time.
Hotels, restaurants, schools and entertainment venues will close for an initial period of three weeks and the public’s movement will be restricted to 500 meters from home. However, supermarkets and pharmacies will remain open and businesses across the private sector that don’t receive members of the public will operate at no more than 50% capacity.
Worshippers will be allowed to pray together indoors during the upcoming Jewish holidays, depending on the space and number of entries to the building. Political demonstrations will also be authorized, despite the lockdown.
— ABC News