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JERUSALEM, March 15, 2020 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a speech regarding the new measures that will be taken to fight the coronavirus in Jerusalem on March 14, 2020. Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Saturday the closure of all shopping centers, restaurants, cafes, theaters and cinemas as part of the efforts to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. So far, 193 coronavirus cases have been reported in Israel, of whom four have recovered. (Alex Kolomoisky/JINI /Handout via Xinhua/IANS) by .
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a speech regarding the new measures that will be taken to fight the coronavirus in Jerusalem. (Alex Kolomoisky/JINI /Handout via Xinhua/IANS)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced a “cautious and gradual” plan to resume business activity and ease closure restrictions amid COVID-19.

The plan is based on principles suggested by Israel’s National Security Council (NSC), according to a statement released by Israel’s Prime Minister’s Office on Thursday, Xinhua reported.

The NSC’s proposal balances between the positions of Israel’s Ministries of Health, Finance, Economy and Defence.

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An Israeli woman wearing mask is seen in the Israeli city of Bat Yam near Tel Aviv. (Photo by Gil Cohen Magen/Xinhua)

“The prime minister has decided on a careful and gradual plan that will include a limited opening of businesses, in a controlled and measured manner,” the statement said.

As part of the plan, the Ministry of Finance will prepare within 48 hours several pilot businesses to reopen, subject to the Ministry of Health’s guidelines.

Some sports activities will also be possible, individually or on pairs, as far as 500 meters from home.

Schools and kindergartens will remain closed.

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