Israel’s Ministry of Health reported a record 8,919 new daily cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday.
The one-day case count breaks the previous record from last week of 8,315 cases. According to Johns Hopkins University, officials reported more than 248,130 cases of COVID-19 in Israel and more than 1,570 people have died.
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In an effort to contain the pandemic, Israel’s government voted overnight to tighten coronavirus restrictions and extend the country’s lockdown. Officials also closed Ben Gurion Airport, an international airport about 28 miles outside of Jerusalem, for two weeks, The Jerusalem Post reported.
Gatherings have been limited to 20 people in open spaces within about a mile from home and additional restrictions have been placed on gatherings in sukkahs, temporary structures constructed for the week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot, which begins Friday at sundown.
Additionally, people will now only be allowed to shop for essential items or services within about a mile from their homes. They are only allowed to travel further when the necessary goods or services are not within that radius.