4,695 Israelis infected with coronavirus, 16 fatalities – PM Netanyahu, in quarantine, announces tighter restrictions
Speaking from quarantine in his house after one of his advisers tested positive for coronavirus, PM Netanyahu announced significant restrictions on the public, which include barring public gatherings of more than two people who are not in the same immediate family.
The restrictions have yet to go into effect and need to be approved by the government overnight.
Netanyahu commended the majority of Israeli citizens for following the restrictions but said a rebellious minority endangers the rest of the public, pointing at ultra-Orthodox communities who appear to defy the government restrictions.
Netanyahu added that security forces were instructed to enforce movement restrictions in areas where people have statistically been flouting government directives.
Netanyahu announced that religious events should be restricted as much as possible and called on Israelis not to visit family during the Passover holiday next month.
Essential business will need to reduce its workforce from the current 30% to 15%. If, however, the workplace is spacious enough to allow more than the required 15%, the number of employees can be increased by another 15%.
Netanyahu’s coronavirus tests came back negative Monday evening. The tests conducted on his family and staff also showed no infection.
Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon gave a televised press conference from his office announcing a $23 billion economic package for the next three months, to help all sectors of Israel’s society and economy, including $2 billion to be reserved for all those not covered in the different programs.
The number of coronavirus infections in Israel has risen to 4,695 as of Monday evening, with 16 fatalities, 79 people in serious condition, and the vast majority of cases in light condition.
The condition of 90 is moderate, while 3,616 patients are in light condition.
161 people have completely recovered from the virus.