Posted September 14, 2020 9:28 am by

Israel to reimpose virus lockdown as WHO reports record cases

Jerusalem, ZZZ, Sep 14 – Israel said it will reimpose a national lockdown to battle a coronavirus surge, as the number of daily infections around the world reached a record high.

Britain, France, Austria and the Czech Republic also reported spikes, as global cases rapidly approached 29 million with more than 921,000 Covid-19 deaths, according to an AFP tally.

The Israel lockdown will last three weeks starting Friday, keeping people to within 500 metres (yards) of their homes. It is the first developed economy to take such drastic steps to contain a second wave of infections.

“I know these measures will exact a heavy price from all of us,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The World Health Organization reported 307,930 new cases worldwide on Sunday, the highest daily figure in its database since the beginning of the pandemic.

British nurses demonstrated in London for higher pay on Saturday © AFP/File / JUSTIN TALLIS

The surge has sparked concern in Europe, where Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz warned that his country was facing “the beginning of the second wave”.

The Czech Republic has also faced a surge, with one epidemiologist saying over the weekend that at the current rate, cases could overwhelm hospitals.

New restrictions are set to come into force across England on Monday, with social gatherings limited to no more than six people.

Other parts of the world are still battling their first coronavirus waves, including some of the most populous nations such as Indonesia, where new restrictions came into effect on Monday.

– ‘Reckless and selfish’ –

Governments are being forced to balance the devastating economic cost of lockdowns with the need to contain the deadly virus.

Israel to reimpose virus lockdown as WHO reports record cases

Seoul coffee shops are no longer restricted to take-aways only after cases fell back © AFP/File / Ed JONES

Schools in some European nations were set to open on Monday, with millions returning to classrooms in Italy, Greece and Romania.

And Saudi Arabia announced it would partially lift its suspension of international flights from September 15, six months after travel curbs were imposed.

South Korea’s coronavirus restrictions will also be eased temporarily in the greater Seoul area from Monday after cases declined.

Israel to reimpose virus lockdown as WHO reports record cases

Dozens of people were arrested in Melbourne at an anti-lockdown protest © AFP / William WEST

Many nations have seen backlash and protests against lockdowns.

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