JERUSALEM

The Israeli Cabinet tightened restrictions to contain spread of the coronavirus Tuesday ahead of Jewish holiday of Passover which begins Wednesday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday a complete shutdown will be imposed from 4 p.m. Tuesday (1300GMT) to 7 a.m. (1600GMT) Friday and police declared a ”Safe Spring” security plan to implement curfew.

Authorities said police will start observing the measures, including a ban of gatherings and preserving safe social distances.

Health authorities said the hotspot for the virus was among the ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities.

At least 9,006 Israelis have tested positive for the coronavirus and 60 have died so far.

Since

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