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Lockdowns return as Israel confirms record new virus caseload

The Israeli government on Friday reimposed lockdowns on districts in five cities, including Jerusalem, as the country confirmed a record number of new daily coronavirus infections.

Tel Aviv, 10 July 2020 (dpa/MIA) – The Israeli government on Friday reimposed lockdowns on districts in five cities, including Jerusalem, as the country confirmed a record number of new daily coronavirus infections.

A new national record of 1,464 new virus cases was confirmed in the 24 hours to Thursday, the Israeli Health Ministry said, bringing the country’s total to more than 35,500.

In response, restrictions on movement were reimposed in areas of five cities, including Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh, Lod, Ramle and Kiryat Malachi, the ministry said.

The restrictions come into force at 12 pm (0900 GMT) on Friday and are due to remain in place for at least seven days.

In Lod, existing entry and exit restrictions imposed on other districts were extended for another five days.

The Palestinian authorities in the West Bank also reported a rise in infections, with 330 new cases in the last 24 hours. More than 260 of these were around the city of Hebron. About 5,500 infections have been recorded in the West Bank so far with 23 deaths.

In Gaza official figures showed 72 cases and one death.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has come under increasing criticism for his management of the crisis.

Critics accuse the government of easing the lockdown too quickly and for failing to prepare for a second wave of infections.

The government has proposed a multibillion-dollar aid package to mitigate against the economic fallout from the crisis.

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