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Netanyahu: Rules requiring Israelis to stay home now mandatory, and will be enforced

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announces that the Health Ministry guidelines — notably including the requirement for Israelis to generally stay at home — will be tightened and enforced under emergency regulations to be approved tonight and be in effect for the next seven days.

Netanyahu warns that not enough people have adhered to the current orders not to leave home, and that further steps are necessary.

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett says he’ll “do everything” so that Israelis aren’t subjected to a full-blown lockdown barring citizens from leaving their homes.

“A difficult time is ahead of us,” Bennett tells Channel 13, “but I think we are starting to hone in on a strategic plan that will enable us to get out of this mess.”