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Israel’s lockdown to cost economy £1.5bn

Israel’s second national lockdown is due to last for three weeks – and it’s estimated it will cost the economy just under $2bn (£1.5bn).

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he knew the measures would exact a heavy price on everyone.

He said “This is not the kind of holiday we’re used to,”

From Friday afternoon, the eve of the Rosh Hashanah holiday, Israelis must stay within 500 metres of their home address but will be allowed to travel to work. There will be limits on numbers allowed to attend prayers in synagogues.

Housing Minister Yaakov Litzman, who leads an ultra-Orthodox Jewish party, criticized the government’s response, saying the restrictions would stop people from celebrating their religious festivals including Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, which falls at the end of the month.

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