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Ministers approve tighter lockdown, closing schools and nonessential businesses

A woman walks through Tel Aviv's Hatikva Market during a nationwide lockdown, on January 3, 2021 (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
A woman walks through Tel Aviv's Hatikva Market during a nationwide lockdown, on January 3, 2021 (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

The government votes to tighten the lockdown, shuttering schools and nonessential businesses.

The rules go into effect overnight Thursday-Friday, for two weeks.

The order comes after the daily number of virus cases in Israel surged to over 8,000.

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