Israel has become the first country to reimpose a national lockdown to contain a surging rate of infections of Covid-19. The move comes into effect on Friday and will ban people from moving more than 500 metres from their homes. Schools and places of worship will be closed, and all but essential shops will be shut. Professor Hagai Levine, a Hebrew University epidemiologist and chairman of the Israeli Association of Public Health Physicians, explains what has led to this move and whether it has been triggered by political or medical reasons.
Pic: A shopper gets his temperature measured as part of restrictions over the coronavirus disease in Israel; Credit: Reuters