Coronavirus restrictions expanded in Israel as tally reaches 1238 infected

Israel has decided to dramatically increase restrictions on travel and movement in order to prevent the continued spread of coronavirus. The decision came after PM Netanyahu convened a lengthy meeting and the country’s coronavirus tally reaches 1238 infected.

Under the new regulations, no travel is allowed except for work, food, medicines and essentials. All public transportation has been halted and all stores will be closed except for supermarkets, grocery stores and pharms.

The restrictions will last for a week.

Another 167 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Israel, bringing the country’s total to 1238, 24 of them in serious condition and 34 in moderate, the Health Ministry reported Monday morning.

The spike in the number of diagnoses is likely tied to a sharp increase in the number of coronavirus tests being conducted – 5,268 in the last 24 hours.

Israel will be carrying out an average of 5,000 tests per day. The number is expected to be 10,000 per day in two weeks.

On Friday evening Israel reported its first coronavirus fatality. Aryeh Even z”l, an 88-year-old Holocaust survivor from Hungary who was able to rebuild his life in Israel, is survived by 4 children, 18 grandchildren, and one great-grandson.