Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced plans for a strict, two-week nationwide lockdown.
In a video statement, Netanyahu said there would be a “full lockdown” beginning Friday that would run through Oct. 10.
The tightened lockdown will require all businesses and the public sector to close except essential services such as food and pharmacy outlets. Synagogues will close and prayers and demonstrations will be limited to 20 people outdoors, less than 1,000 meters from the participant’s home. However, synagogues will be allowed to open for Yom Kippur prayers on Sunday night and Monday.
Israel’s Health Ministry reported 6,948 new cases of the coronavirus Wednesday, a new daily record. 1,317 people have died from COVID-19 in Israel.