Coronavirus: All Israeli citizens must wear face masks in public

People walk in the main market in Jerusalem while Israel tightened a national stay-at-home policy following the spread of coronavirus disease in Jerusalem March 20, 2020. (Reuters)

All Israelis must wear face masks while in public as a precaution against the coronavirus, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday.

"We ask you, citizens of Israel, all of you, to wear masks in the public sphere," Netanyahu said in a televised speech, adding that people could improvise in the absence of factory-produced masks.

Netanyahu also said that upcoming religious holidays, including the Jewish holiday of Passover, should be celebrated only with immediate family members.

Israeli police patrol deserted street in Jerusalem's Old City, in Jerusalem on March 23, 2020. (AP)

Israeli police patrol deserted street in Jerusalem's Old City, in Jerusalem on March 23, 2020. (AP)

Israel has taken stringent measures to try to halt the spread of its over 6,000 reported cases. 25 Israelis have died of the illness, according to health ministry data.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:06 - GMT 07:06
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