Ministers approve 3-week lockdown, beginning Friday at 2 p.m. — reports

The cabinet has given its approval to a three-week full nationwide closure, beginning Friday at 2 p.m., according to Hebrew media reports.

Ministers Amir Peretz, Zeev Elkin, and Asaf Zamir vote against it, while Itzhik Shmuli and Ofir Akunis abstain.

The final details are not immediately confirmed by the government, but are reported to include a ban on venturing more than 500 meters from home, except for essential errands. Schools, malls, hotels and leisure activities will be shuttered, while supermarkets and pharmacies will remain open.

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