Israel heading to full lockdown for Passover – Coronavirus death toll rises to 51

BREAKING: Israel is considering placing a full lockdown on the whole country for Passover Eve and the first day of Passover in order to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Overnight, the government discussed putting restrictions similar to those that were placed on the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak on the cities of Elad, Beit Shemesh, Modi’in-Ilit, as well as Ashkelon, Tiberias, Beitar-Ilit, Or Yehuda, and Migdal HaEmek.

The city of Ramat Gan has set up fences and checkpoints to prevent pedestrian traffic from the adjacent city of Bnei Brak.

Overnight, the government also declared as ‘restricted zone’ certain areas of Judea and Samaria.

The number of coronavirus infections in Israel has risen to 8,611 as of Monday, with 51 fatalities, 141 people in serious condition, including 107 patients on ventilators, and the vast majority of cases in light condition.

191 people remain in moderate condition and another 7,643 people are in light condition.

585 people have made a full recovery.

Eleven airplanes containing millions of face masks, respirators and protective clothing urgently needed in the battle against the coronavirus will arrive in Israel from China in the coming days.