ISRAEL GOING BACK INTO LOCKDOWN—Israel 🇮🇱 is deep trouble. It’s new #COVID19 resurgence is so strong, it is now much much worse than US’s summer peak. HOSPITAL ARE AT FULL CAPACITY. Lockdown measure also much tighter, but fears low adherence. Extremely bad situation unfolding. 🧵
2) “there are doubts that the public will be as attentive to the government restrictions and rules this time around. Some business owners told Israeli news outlets ahead of the announcement that they did not plan to close, even if the government ordered them to do so.”
3) “Israel began reopening in early May, even sending children back to school before the summer vacation to allow parents to return to work. Now, Netanyahu said, the worrying trend of recent weeks has caused the “health services to raise a red flag”...
4) “... and forced the government to adopt the recommendations of recently appointed coronavirus czar Ronni Gamzu, who had pushed for a full lockdown.”
5) “medical centers in Israel have said they are approaching full capacity and fear that the number of sick will increase dramatically as Israel heads into winter and begins a month of Jewish holy festivals starting Friday.”
6) “Details about how the new restrictions will affect places of worship have yet to be approved, but he warned: “It will be a different kind of holiday this year. We will not be able to celebrate like we usually do with our families.” Said Netanyahu
7) “Some members of the ultra-Orthodox community have also threatened to ignore the lockdown if it restricts their ability to worship over the High Holy Days — Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot.”
8) “On Sunday, as the government debated the impending measures, Housing Minister Yaakov Litzman, who is ultra-Orthodox, announced his resignation from the government because of the expected restrictions on communal prayer.”
9) More details on the specific lockdown rules. Pretty severe some of them.

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