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On gloomy Rosh Hashana Eve, Israel prepares for second painful national lockdown

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18.09.2020

Israelis prepared to welcome the Jewish New Year Friday with a new deeply unpopular national coronavirus lockdown, amid expectations of serious financial harm to many businesses and fears of civil disobedience in response to a measure widely regarded to be the result of failed government policies.

Ahead of the start of the country-wide closure at 2 p.m., which is set to last at least three weeks, the Health Ministry released data showing that infection rates remained sky-high, with 5,238 cases identified the previous day — keeping Israel near the top of the global list of daily infections per capita.

The figure is far higher than the 1,000 daily cases the Health Ministry is aiming for before it will consider lifting some of the lockdown measures, which will see movement restricted, leisure sites closed, and the education system shuttered, among other limitations.

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The lockdown will generally keep Israelis within one kilometer of their homes through the Jewish holiday season, with a long list of exceptions — from work and shopping for essentials to exercise and aiding the elderly. Schools and most shops........

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