With COVID-19 cases spiking to record highs day after day, Israel moved late Thursday night to impose full national lockdown for two weeks. Here's what we know so far.

Israeli border police officers manage traffic on a street near a roadblock during enforcement of a government decision to impose nightly curfews in dozens of towns and neighbourhoods to stem the spread of the coronavirus disease. (photo credit: REUTERS/ Ammar Awad)

JERUSALEM -- With the coronavirus spinning out of control, Israeli Ministers voted late Thursday night to put the nation into a full national lockdown for two weeks.

"The plan must still be voted on by the full cabinet, which is slated to meet on Sunday," the Times of Israel reported, citing sources in the Prime Minister’s Office.

Excerpts from the Times' story:

  • "Under the scheme, for the first stage will see people confined to within 500 meters of their home, with all schools (except special education) and non-essential businesses closed and all non-essential workers told to stay home. Restaurants will only be allowed to operate delivery service.
  • "In the second stage, some workers will be allowed to return and only travel between cities will be banned. Gatherings will be restricted nationwide according to the red level of coronavirus czar Prof. Ronni Gamzu’s traffic light plan.
  • "The third stage will see a full return to the traffic light plan, which imposes restrictions only in high-infection zones.
  • "A timeline for the stages has not yet been set, though a report claimed the first stage would last two weeks."

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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