Israel has announced plans to impose a second national lockdown amid a new surge in daily Coronavirus cases.
The country is currently battling a major death toll, recording over 4000 cases of the deadly virus daily.
Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu made this known in a televised speech on Sunday, where he said from Friday, the eve of the Jewish New Year, schools, restaurants, shopping centres and hotels will shut down and restrictions on movement will be imposed.
His words; “Our goal is to stop the increase (in cases) and lower morbidity.
“I know that these steps come at a difficult price for all of us. This is not the holiday we are used to”.
The planned measure will be the second time Israel has gone into a lockdown. The lockdown is expected to remain in place for at least three weeks, at which point officials are expected to relax measures if cases decline.
There are currently more than 150,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Israel and more than 1,100 deaths amongst its population of nine million.