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JERUSALEM — The Israeli government on Sunday approved measures cautiously relaxing a three-week countrywide lockdown, enabling businesses, including certain stores, to reopen within strict guidelines and approving communal Jewish prayers of up to 19 people spaced two meters apart.
As part of Israel’s strategy aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, the new measures also include a $50 fine for those not wearing a face mask in public areas.
Israel, which has instituted some of the harshest restrictions on public movement, reported some 13,362 cases, with 171 deaths on Sunday. Its numbers are still rising, but at a slower pace than previously.
“The per capita mortality rate in Israel is among the lowest in the OECD,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a televised speech Saturday night, referring to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
He said that the positive data in Israel was due to the tight restrictions and that the results now allowed “steps in the opposite direction — not tightening, but easing …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]