PM Netanyahu announces new coronavirus restrictions: All citizens must wear masks, movement restricted in Bnei Brak

PM Netanyahu announced tonight new coronavirus restrictions on the public, including that people must cover themselves with facial masks outdoors. All movement in and out of the highly infected ultra-orthodox city of Bnei Brak will be strongly restricted.

The rate of infection in Bnei Brak is double than anywhere else in the country.

“I instructed all the offices to provide special assistance to the city of Bnei Brak. We decided to reduce to the minimum necessary entry and exit from the city. It is for the good of their lives and for the lives of all Israeli citizens. This is a time for mutual responsibility among all the state’s citizens,” Netanyahu said.

“All needs of residents will be filled, and those who are confirmed with coronavirus but do not require hospitalization, will be taken to dedicated hotels for treatment,” Netanyahu added.

Other areas where quarantine has not been observed will also have travel restrictions imposed on them.

Netanyahu called on Israeli citizens to hold the Pesah Seder “only with the nuclear family already living with you,” adding that every family will receive NIS 500 aid package for Passover.

“We are beginning to see signs that perhaps thanks to the measures we have taken, we are on our way to taking control of the pandemic, but it is too early to say this for sure,” Netanyahu concluded.

The number of coronavirus infections in Israel has risen to 6,092 as of Wednesday night, with 25 fatalities, 95 people in serious condition, including 81 patients on ventilators, and the vast majority of cases in light condition.

The condition of 129 is moderate, while 5,602 patients are in light condition.

The latest fatality was a 66-year-old man with underlying health issues who passed away at Wolfson Hospital in Holon.

About 600 IDF soldiers and commanders from training bases are helping Israel Police enforce the Health Ministry restrictions.

In addition, the IDF has allocated some 1,000 soldiers to provide food and assistance to the elderly and other at-risk populations around the country in cooperation with Municipalities, regional councils and the Health Ministry.