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On near-national lockdown, Israelis ordered indoors unless ‘absolutely necessary’

Israel's new steps, which are aimed to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, include further restrictions on Palestinian day laborers entering Israel.
Israeli border policemen wearing protective gear as a precaution against the coronavirus, guard at an Israeli checkpoint in the occupied West Bank on the outskirts of Jerusalem March 11, 2020. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun - RC2MHF9K85OW

Israel has ordered its citizens to stay inside unless “absolutely necessary” as the country fights to contain the growing novel coronavirus outbreak with more than 300 confirmed cases.

“There should be no leaving home except for situations that would obligate it,” the country’s Health Ministry said in a statement March 17.

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