העיר אלעד
A police roadblock at the entrance to Elad
Photo: Shaul Golan
A police checkpoint in Tiberias

Israel locks down two cities as virus runs rampant

Elad, parts of Tiberias declared ‘restricted zones’ for 7 days, with non-residents banned except for specific cases, ban on gatherings of over 50 people; government mulls similar provisions for central city of Bat Yam

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Published: 06.24.20 , 11:52
A partial lockdown over the central city of Elad and several neighborhoods in Tiberias in the north went into effect at 8pm Wednesday due to the steep rise of coronavirus cases in those areas.
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  • The government-mandated restrictions are set to be in effect for a week.
    אזורים מוגבלים בעיר טבריה עקב תחלואה גבוהה של קורונהאזורים מוגבלים בעיר טבריה עקב תחלואה גבוהה של קורונה
    A police checkpoint in Tiberias
    (Photo: Aviaho Shapira)
    The areas of Tiberias affected include Ramat Tiberias Bet, Ramat Tiberias Gimmel, Area 200, Tiberias Illit, and the Ben-Gurion neighborhood.
    Under these provisions, non-residents will not be allowed to move in and out of the areas except for work, matriculation exams, medical care, legal proceedings, the funeral of a first-degree relative or the transfer of a minor.
    Gatherings of over 50 people will not be permitted.
    In Tiberias, police will man seven checkpoints at different roads leading into the neighborhoods.
    Similar roadblocks have been placed at the entrance to Elad.
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    A police roadblock at the entrance to Elad
    (Photo: Shaul Golan)
    Measures are also being considered for the central city of Bat Yam, where 117 people tested positive for the pathogen between June 1 and 21, bringing the total number of active patients in the city to 137.
    The contagion rate in the city currently stands at a staggering 5%.
    Bat Yam Mayor Zvika Brot appealed to the National Security Council, urging them to reinstate emergency measures that would once again ban the city's beaches.
    According to data released by the Nation Security Council on Wednesday morning, there are 21,666 confirmed virus cases in Israel, out of which 5,460 are active patients.
    There are 45 patients in serious condition, with 28 requiring respiratory assistance.
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