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Israel starts 2-week lockdown, Pinoys urged to follow guidelines

FILIPINOS in Israel have been advised to strictly adhere to the guidelines imposed by Israeli authorities as the country began its two-week lockdown on December 27 to curb the increase of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases and morbidity rates.

An advisory posted by the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv on its official Facebook account said, “The Embassy urges all Filipinos in Israel to adhere strictly to the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and other local authorities to safeguard public health and prevent the spread of the virus.

Israel started implementing restrictions on movement for a period of two weeks at 5 p.m. on December 27 (local time), according to the Embassy.

The public nas also been prohibited from visiting another person’s residence, with public transportation and businesses’ operational capacity reduced to 50 percent.

Filipinos in Israel were assured by the Embassy that it will continue to monitor the situation and issue appropriate advisories.

The Embassy will continue to provide updates on the latest announcements by the Israeli government as they become available,” it said.

In the United Kingdom, people are being infected by a new coronavirus strain which was discovered to be more infectious than the current one.

At present, the variant is spreading fast across the United Kingdom and have reportedly been found in Japan, Singapore, France, Sweden, and Spain.