An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man prays ahead of the Jewish new year at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's old city, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (Photo: AP)
Israel imposed a second nationwide lockdown on Friday to tackle one of the world's highest coronavirus infection rates, hours before the Jewish holiday season begins.
The three-week shutdown from 2:00 pm (1100 GMT) started just hours before Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, and will extend through other key religious holidays, including Yom Kippur and Sukkot.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday the shutdown was necessary after health authorities "raised the red flag" over the country's surge in coronavirus cases.