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Ministers to vote on separate lockdown exit plans for low, high infection zones

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Ministers will discuss separate exit plans from the national lockdown for cities with low and high infection rates when they convene Thursday to review the gradual lifting of some restrictions.

“Tomorrow I will convene the coronavirus cabinet and the first thing we will decide on is a separate route for the exit of the red cities,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a video statement posted to his Twitter account.

The cabinet is expected to approve reopening preschools as well as allowing restaurants to offer takeaway (in addition to the current delivery-only services). There are reportedly differences of opinion among ministers regarding allowing businesses that don’t see customers to reopen.

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Israeli’s rate of positive coronavirus test results is the lowest since July, the Health Ministry said Wednesday morning, with the daily number of new infections nearing the 2,000 mark, below which authorities have determined that the current lockdown measures can start to be eased.

Just 1,370 cases were confirmed by evening Wednesday — though this number would likely rise further — bringing the country’s total tally since the start of the pandemic to 298,500, of which 44,688 are active cases. Less than three weeks ago, daily infections were above 8,000.

Coronavirus czar Ronni Gamzu said officials were looking into the possibility of shortening the time required for mandatory quarantine of those........

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