The Israeli government decided on Friday to close non-essential companies in the country this weekend after confirming a record 1,814 new cases of coronavirus since Thursday, one step before declaring a new partial quarantine.
The government has already announced preparations for this new blockade, pending parliamentary approval before July 24.
This plan would include the declaration of mandatory quarantine for at least a weekend from Friday afternoon, the day before Jewish Saturday, to Sunday, a business day, and could limit public gatherings to 10 people inside and 20 to patios, to an extent that would last until the first week of August.
Also on Friday, the country’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Defense Minister Benny Gantz will make another decision about whether summer schools and kindergartens should remain open.
On the balance sheet, Israel has confirmed three more deaths in the past few hours, increasing the number of deaths in the country to 387. There are currently 25,636 active cases registered (approximately 47,000 since the beginning of the crisis), 213 in serious condition and 58 with assisted breathing.