Israel decided Saturday to halt almost all commercial activity due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the new measures to combat COVID-19 at a news conference.

He said the government decided to close cafes, restaurants, hotels, shopping malls and entertainment venues.

Supermarkets, pharmacies, banks and gas stations would remain open and public transportation system will continue as usual.

Meanwhile, health officials said the number of confirmed cases in the country rose to 193.

After emerging in Wuhan, China last December, the virus known as COVID-19, has spread to at least 123 countries and

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