Coronavirus: Israel Police Arrest Ultra-Orthodox Jews as Part of Anti-Gathering Measures

Israeli police officers wearing protective gear detain ultra-Orthodox Jews praying in a Yeshiva because of the government’s new social distancing regulations, in Bnei Brak, a suburb of Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, April 2.
READ MORE: ‏On Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered a police cordon around the largely ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak, to limit movement to and from the city. Bnei Brak has the second-highest number of coronavirus cases in Israel.

The Israeli military will evacuate elderly residents en masse from an ultra-Orthodox Jewish town with a disproportionately large outbreak of coronavirus, the government said Thursday.

About 4,500 people aged 80 and above would be taken out of Bnai Brak, near Tel Aviv, and placed in isolation in hostels requisitioned by the military.

The government statement gave no date for when the $20 million plan would take effect.

Medical experts estimate that as many as 38% of Bnai Brak’s 200,000 residents are infected with coronavirus and that the town could soon account for as many as 30% of cases nationwide.

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing more top Israeli officials into isolation after the country’s health minister, who has had frequent contact with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, tested positive, the Health Ministry said Thursday. (AP/AFP)


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