Israel begins second lockdown on eve of New Year holidays

Israelis began a second nationwide lockdown on Friday amid soaring numbers of coronavirus cases.The lockdown began at 2 pm (1100 GMT) and will last for three weeks, covering the entire Jewish high holiday season including the New Year and Yom Kippur.Ministers who voted in favour of the measure feared that the virus would otherwise spread in large family gatherings and mass prayers during the festivities.During the lockdown, Israelis are required to remain within 1 kilometre of their homes, though there are exceptions to the rule such as travelling to work, going to buy essential items or pract…

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