Israel is to impose a new national lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus with tough restrictions coming into effect on Jewish New Year.
The country’s second lockdown begins on Friday and lasts at least three weeks.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the measures would exact a heavy price on residents, but the country faced a surge with 4,000 new daily infections.
Housing Minister Yaakov Litzman, who leads an ultra-Orthodox Jewish party, said the measures would prevent Jewish people from celebrating their religious festivals, including Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, on 27 September. Ends.