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Minister broke lockdown for Yom Kippur prayers days before virus diagnosis

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05.10.2020

Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel, who announced over the weekend that she had been infected with the coronavirus, was facing calls to resign after confessing that last week she broke a lockdown limit by traveling from her Tel Aviv home to the northern city of Tiberias.

She also reportedly tried to hide the trip from a Health Ministry epidemiological investigation into her infection.

Gamliel spent the Yom Kippur fast, which fell on Monday, at a synagogue in Tiberias, where her father-in-law is the rabbi, Kan reported Monday.

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Associates of the minister have said the congregants all wore masks and that Gamliel slept in a local family apartment in the city, parts of which have been declared virus hotspots. They also asserted on Monday that her husband owned the apartment where they stayed in Tiberias and that they were thus allowed to be there under the lockdown regulations.

Over a week earlier, Israel had instated a national lockdown that, among other restrictions, limited Israelis to remaining within........

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