Israel to close again as second wave of coronavirus hits

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TEL AVIV – Israel is set to become the first developed country to impose a second nationwide lockdown on Friday, as its government struggles to contain a new coronavirus outbreak that has hammered the economy and divided the nation.

The lockdown, which will last at least until early October, aims to prevent mass gatherings during Jewish holidays that begin at sunset Friday. It will extend to Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot – festivals that typically involve millions of Jewish worshipers who attend synagogues and congregate …

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