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Coronavirus Cabinet Approves Renewal of Train Services, Cultural Events

Trains will finally return to Israel’s railways on Monday after the coronavirus cabinet approved the renewal of services under tight health restrictions on Wednesday evening.

In addition, the ministers decided that cultural events will be permitted with crowds limited to 250 attendees, or 500 attendees if approved by the director-general of the Culture and Sports Ministry. They designated the Ajami neighborhoods of Jaffa, Rahat, and Ar’ara as “red zones” with high levels of infection, where schools will now be closed and gatherings limited to 10 people.

The meeting held at the Foreign Ministry took place as official data showed that Israel had recorded its largest number of daily cases in two months.

Some 288 people tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry reported Wednesday evening, bringing the total number of active cases to 3,993.

At last count, 19,783 cases of coronavirus had been confirmed in Israel, and the death toll was 302. (JPost / VFI News)

“God, we ask that you bless those who are venturing out amid the danger of the pandemic. Watch over them, and ensure their health.”