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Israel decides to reconfine thirty towns and villages

Benjamin Netanyahu reconfines to stop the progression of the coronavirus (photo: Haim Zach/GPO)
Benjamin Netanyahu reconfines to stop the progression of the coronavirus (photo: Haim Zach/GPO)
ISRAEL. Faced with the progression of the coronavirus with more than 3,000 additional cases recorded on Wednesday 2 September 2020, the Israeli authorities decided on Thursday evening, 3 September 2020, to reconfine thirty localities (towns and villages) as of Monday 7 September 2020.

Benjamin Netanyahu says he wants to "act immediately to block the increase in morbidity. The Israeli Prime Minister has already adopted, on Sunday 30 August 2020, a system to differentiate by colour the degrees of infection rates in cities: red, orange, yellow and green. "We have taken the decision to confine the red cities from which the infection is spreading," he commented.

The list of these thirty towns, therefore placed in the red zone, will not be revealed until Sunday 6 September 2020. But the Israeli press already cites those of Bnei Brak, Tira, Beit Shemesh, Kfar Qassem, Umm al-Fahm, Elad, Beitar Illit, Lakia, Tiberias, Ma'ale Iron, Taibe and certain districts of Jerusalem.

In these localities, non-essential shops and schools will have to close. Residents will not be able to move more than 500 metres from their homes. On the other hand, about ten municipalities will also be subject to a night curfew with a ban on any ceremony or gathering.

Coordinator of the fight against the coronavirus, Professor Ronni Gamzu warns that if there is no "spectacular drop in contamination within the next two to three weeks, there will probably be no escape other than to apply general containment to the whole territory.

According to the CSSE at Johns Hopkins University, Israel has had 125,755 confirmed cases of Covid-19 for 991 deaths.

Frédéric Dubessy

Friday, September 4th 2020

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