NETANYAHU AGONIZES OVER NEW RESTRICTIONS AS PANDEMIC CASES RISE

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned that more wide-ranging measures may be necessary to slow the spread of the coronavirus, as infection numbers climb fast in the country.


"We are in the midst of a renewed attack of the coronavirus, a very strong attack that is increasing and spreading both around the world and here as well," Netanyahu said at a weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, according to an English version of the transcript, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) reported late on July 5, 2020.  The cabinet would meet again on Monday to consider reimposing national anti-virus restrictions, he said.

New infections over a 24-hour period passed the 1,000-mark for the first time on Friday. Nearly 30,000 have been infected since the outbreak began, of which 330 have died according to official figures.

As the numbers rose, the government had already brought back in restrictions on larger gatherings, saying they had to be limited to 50 people in places of prayer, halls, bars and clubs. Previously the limit had been 250. In other closed venues, the limit is 20 people.

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