Israel is doing all it can to avoid a nationwide lockdown and all the economic ramifications that entails as Covid-19 once more raises its ugly head.

The government’s latest move is a Ministry of Finance proposal to ban private gatherings, including in homes, as a stopgap measure to prevent the spread of the disease. Israelis have taken their celebrations private as event halls are shut down.

On Tuesday, 637 new cases have been reported. There are 151 classified as serious and 47 on ventilators. There are a total of 19,300 active cases in the country. That number just passed the number of recovered cases – 19,008.

Pubs, bars, event halls, gyms and pools have been closed. Restaurants remain open but with limits on the number of patrons.