18 Sep 2020

Israel in national lockdown as Covid cases soar in India

International Editor

Tonight marks the start of the Jewish new year and a fortnight which includes the holiest days in its calendar.

But in Israel a new national lockdown has begun, as the country struggles to contain a huge rise in coronavirus cases and one of the highest per capita infections in the world.

India too shows an alarming surge, with cases there jumped by more than 96,000 in the last 24 hours to well over five million – showing no sign of yet reaching a peak.