Israeli authorities on Friday declared a city east of the capital Tel Aviv a “restricted zone” and banned entries and exits from it over the coronavirus outbreak.

After the Cabinet declared the ultra-orthodox-dominated city of Bnei Brak a “restricted zone” on Thursday, Israeli police surrounded the city with iron barriers.

The decision came after reports of thousands of coronavirus infections in the city, which has a population of about 200,000.

“Tens of thousands of residents of the city are infected with the virus,” the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation quoted the Health Ministry as saying on Friday.

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