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Israel becomes first country in world to impose second national lockdown

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Israeli media estimated that about 10,000 people attended the protests while organisers placed the number at 25,000

Last week, the daily rate of new COVID-19 cases crossed 4,000 for the first time since the pandemic reached the country in February, prompting the second lockdown.

At a press conference on Sunday evening just before heading to Washington, D.C., to formally establish diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, Netanyahu said that the restrictions would include a ban on traveling more than 500 meters (1,640 feet) from one's residence.

Regional Cooperation Minister Ophir Akunis (Likud) said a full lockdown it would be "a disaster for the Israeli economy".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a briefing on coronavirus development in Israel at his office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Sept. 13 2020.

The Israeli Prime Minister further said that there "was an outline" to allow prayers during the holidays.

Additionally, indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people, with no more than 20 people congregating in one place outdoors.

"I know these steps have a high price for all of us and we can not celebrate (the holidays) with the whole family", The Israeli Prime Minister said and added that by adhering to norms of social distancing, "we would beat the virus. I see the vaccine on the way, and I see the fast testing that is on the way", he added.

Israel's government announced it would impose a 3-week nationwide lockdown. We did not fail.

"If we keep the rules, and I am confident in this, we will defeat the virus".

Meanwhile, Yaakov Litzman, a minister in Israel government has resigned to protest against the restrictions that overlap with important Jewish festivals. Under the circumstances that were created, we had no choice.

The lockdown order, set to go into effect on Friday, makes Israel the first developed economy to take such a drastic measure to curb a "second wave" of virus infections.

Since the outbreak began, the country has reported more than 156,000 cases and 1,119 deaths. They are not intended and should not be thought to represent official ideas, attitudes, or policies of any agency or institution.

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