Cabinet names lockdown committee, with 8 cities, Jerusalem areas in crosshairs

The cabinet early Monday adopted decisions to allow the government to close off several cities and neighborhoods across Israel and the West Bank to combat the spread of the coronavirus and also step up economic assistance to the battered economy.

The cabinet, which met via telephone, authorized a ministerial committee to declare various areas in Israel with high infection rates “restricted areas,” and gave the same powers to the Israel Defense Forces commander in the West Bank.

The cabinet statement, issued after midnight, did not say who the members of the committee would be.