The Israeli cabinet is set to meet Sunday to discuss further easing coronavirus restrictions, including opening malls and markets, amid figures suggesting the country has largely managed to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Eighty percent of Israeli towns and villages have reported no new COVID-19 cases for several days, with Tel Aviv among them, a TV report said Friday, and only four cities nationwide have had more than five new cases in the past few days: Jerusalem, Hura, Bnei Brak and Beit Shemesh. (Jerusalem and Hura have been under a partial lockdown, as have two neighborhoods in Beit Shemesh.)
“The spread of the COVID-19 virus in Israel has been halted,” said Channel 12’s medical correspondent.
As of Friday evening, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Israel stood at 16,101, an increase of 155 over the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry said. Of that total, 9,156 Israelis have recovered from the virus.
The death toll was 225, with three deaths in the past 24 hours.