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Cabinet eases movement restriction to allow travel 1 kilometer from home

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Government officials loosened restrictions on movement during the new nationwide coronavirus lockdown, saying on Thursday night that people will be allowed to travel up to 1 kilometer from their homes, instead of 500 meters.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and cabinet ministers made the decision following a request from the Knesset’s Constitution, Justice and Law Committee, which needed to approve the regulations.

The Prime Minister’s Office and Health Ministry announced the change in a joint statement shortly before midnight.

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There are a long list of exceptions to the movement rule, including for people going to work, buying essentials, and aiding the elderly or those in need.

The lockdown is set to begin on Friday afternoon and continue for at least three weeks. Israel now has one of the highest daily infection rates per capita in the world.

The government also........

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