Israeli PM announces COVID-19 curfew during Purim holiday

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JERUSALEM, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that a COVID-19 night curfew will be imposed for three days to prevent gathering during the Jewish holiday of Purim.

Netanyahu said he will ask the cabinet to approve the curfew, starting on Thursday.

He said that the measure aims to prevent large gatherings during the days of Purim, a Jewish holiday traditionally celebrated in Israel with large costume parties and parades.

"This is to prevent what happened last Purim. We do not want it to happen again," Netanyahu said during a visit to northern Israel.

The proposed curfew comes less than three weeks after Israel started to come out of a six-week nationwide COVID-19 lockdown.

With a population of about 9 million people, Israel has reported so far 757,150 diagnosed cases and 5,631 deaths.

At least 3,123,136 people in Israel have received both shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, according to figures issued on Tuesday by the Israeli health ministry. Enditem

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