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© Bloomberg Vehicles queue as they drive towards a roadside checkpoint following the start of a second nationwide coronavirus lockdown in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Israel’s cabinet voted to impose a second nationwide lockdown starting Friday to try to tamp down a raging coronavirus outbreak, brushing aside appeals from both a business world warning of economic strangulation, and the powerful ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.

Israel will begin easing lockdown conditions in the coming days given the drop in new coronavirus infections, Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Sunday.

Among the first steps the government will consider will be “a controlled, gradual, managed and supervised opening” of businesses that don’t see customers, Gantz said at a tour of an underground coronavirus ward at Rambam Hospital in Haifa. “We will take measured and controlled steps into the corona routine,” he said.

© Bloomberg Vehicles queue as they drive towards a roadside checkpoint following the start of a second nationwide coronavirus lockdown in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Israel’s cabinet voted to impose a second nationwide lockdown starting Friday to try to tamp down a raging coronavirus outbreak, brushing aside appeals from both a business world warning of economic strangulation, and the powerful ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.

The rate of spread has slowed down the past week, as Israel enters its fourth week of lockdown. There have been more than 290,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Israel, including more than 1,900 fatalities.

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