Israel tightens Covid lockdown as infections climb

24 Sept 2020

Israel tightens Covid lockdown as infections climb

To tighten Israel's coronavirus lockdown on Thursday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said a surge in infections was pushing the nation to "the edge of the abyss".

As over the past week, the number of daily new cases has reached nearly 7,000 among a population of 9 million, Israel went back into its 2nd lockdown, on Sept 18 during the pandemic.

In public remarks to the cabinet, Netanyahu said, "If we don't take immediate and difficult steps, we will reach the edge of the abyss."

As Israel is already in a recession and unemployment is above 11%, Amir Yaron, Finance Minister Israel Katz and Bank of Israel Governor, objected to the new decision.