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Cabinet considers slowdown of economy to combat virus

Netanyahu says essential services will continue and that there will not be a shortage of food or medicines.

Banking services will also continue as usual and gas stations will remain open.

He says all leisure activities will be halted beginning tomorrow.

Whoever doesn’t have to go to work, shouldn’t, he says — in order to ensure that two-meter “social distancing.”

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Israel reached 193 on Saturday evening, the Health Ministry said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu called on the public not to panic, and said that the food factories would continue working as usual.

“The supermarket chains have a large supply. Imports of food to Israel will continue. There is no need to hoard food. Access to supermarkets and pharmacies will continue,” he promised.