Israel’s first national lockdown was the first night of Passover. Now, on the first night of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, or Feast of Trumpets, Israelis will enter a second nationwide lockdown amid a rise in Covid cases.

Israel becomes the first country in the world to impose a second national lockdown, which means that all but schools and essential shops selling food and pharmaceuticals will be closed and residents will not be allowed to travel more than 500 metres from their homes. Israelis still travel to workplaces, which will be allowed to operate on a limited basis.

Last week Netanyahu said the country was “at a high level of morbidity increase at a heightened pace”. Since then daily new infections have increased by 20 percent, with Israel’s per capita infection rate now the fifth highest in the world.