Almost 2,500 Israelis infected with coronavirus, 41 in serious condition
Another 325 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Israel since yesterday, bringing the country’s total to 2,495, 41 of them in serious condition, 68 in moderate and 2,197 in light condition. 66 people have completely recovered from the virus.
There were 5,240 coronavirus tests conducted in the past 24 hours. 59,493 people are currently under mandatory home quarantine over concerns they may have been exposed to the virus.
Israel’s government approved new emergency regulations to limit activity in order to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
The new guidelines are enforceable by police, include a near-total cessation of public transportation and a restriction on venturing further than 100 meters (roughly 300 feet) from one’s house except for the supply of food, medicine, essentials or medical reasons.
PM Netanyahu urged Israelis to comply with the new emergency regulations and stay at home:
“What is required of each and every one of you, beyond obeying the official directives, what is demanded above all, is strict self-discipline. If you do not mobilize to look after yourselves and your families, there will be a disaster here. I have no other way of putting it. Do not go out of your homes! And even inside your homes, be strict about the directives: Wash your hands, air out the apartment, maintain a safe distance. These are not small things. These are matters of life and death.”
The [Hebrew] month of Nissan, which begins tonight, the month of spring and the exodus from Egypt, reminds us that our people has withstood fierce storms. This gives strength. This gives hope. We survived Pharaoh and though the battle will be hard and uncompromising, we will also survive corona, with G-d’s help and with yours, citizens of Israel,” Netanyahu told Israelis.