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Netanyahu says virus restrictions could be reimposed as infections climb

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet on Sunday that Israel may halt moves to ease the nationwide lockdown and may even put more restrictions into place, as the nation continues to see virus numbers rise.

His warning came as Israel continued to lift rules put in place two months ago, including sending high school students back to class, even as the daily COVID-19 caseload has topped 1,000 in recent days.

Netanyahu said Israel is better placed than other developed countries experiencing a second wave now, but “I’m telling you straight, we are in danger if we do not act immediately.”

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“If there is a need, we will stop the easing and even tighten those [steps] that have already been made,” the prime minister said, urging citizens to stick to social distancing and mask-wearing rules. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a news conference in Jerusalem, November 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, Pool)

Top health officials have warned of rising morbidity, even as the government pushes on with rolling back lockdown restrictions.

Around 400,000 Israeli high schoolers returned to the classroom on Sunday morning after a break of nearly two........

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