PM Mulls Tightening Restrictions as Coronavirus Cases Jump to 1,238

Israeli firefighters wearing protective clothes disinfect a bus station outside Rishon LeTzion’s Moshe Dayan railway station, on Sunday. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will hold a meeting Monday morning on the possibility of tightening the country’s lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, as the number of infected in Israel shot up to 1,238 confirmed cases.

The Ministers of Health, Internal Security, Defense, Finance, Economy, Energy and the Attorney General were invited to the meeting. The hearing will take place in a video conference from Tel Aviv and Yerushalayim.

The Health Ministry on Monday morning announced the new tally, a rise of 135 over Sunday evening’s numbers. Twenty-four patients were listed in serious condition, and 34 were moderately ill. The ministry said it had administered 5,268 tests in the past 24 hours.

A total of 74,498 Israelis are self-quarantined in their homes due to possible exposure to coronavirus, with 625 of them entering quarantine since Sunday.