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Golan Druze town of Majdal Shams to be cordoned off as infections mount

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26.10.2020

Ministers voted late Sunday to impose a five-day closure in the northern Druze town of Majdal Shams, which has seen virus cases jump in recent days.

The so-called coronavirus cabinet decided the measure will go into effect on Monday evening at 6 p.m. and last through Saturday evening. In addition to a closure of almost all businesses, entry and exit from the town will be restricted.

The town of some 11,000 residents on the slopes of Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights has seen 42 new cases in the last week, giving it the highest per capita infection rate in the country, according to Health Ministry figures released Monday.

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