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We won’t be drawn into further reopening, health minister warns as numbers rise

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Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said Monday that Israel will halt moves to ease the nationwide lockdown and may even put more restrictions into place if coronavirus infection rates continue to go “in a very wrong direction.”

His warning came as Israel was gradually lifting the rules put in place two months ago, including sending high school students back to class on Sunday and launching a pilot to reopen some malls across the country over the weekend.

“I felt a huge sense of shock when I saw the congestion in the malls,” Edlestein told the Ynet news site of the program, which entailed the reopening of 15 malls around the country on Friday as part of a plan to evaluate their compliance with social-distancing guidelines. The openings drew large crowds of shoppers who waited in line to enter stores.

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Malls have been closed — except for certain essential stores within them, such as pharmacies or food sellers — since mid-September under the lockdown rules. Street-front stores were allowed to reopen earlier this month, with a cap on the number of........

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