The citizens of Israel will enter the New Year in lockdown, following the government's approval of a closure that will last at least 14 days. The Knesset approved this initial, two-week lockdown—though it is widely believed this will be extended. Israel is the first advanced country in the world to initiate a second lockdown period since the start of the pandemic. 2:00 p.m. on Friday is when the nationwide lockdown begins. On Thursday morning, the Health Ministry reported 4,560 new cases from the prior day. Some 573 people were in serious condition, including 149 who were intubated. The overall death toll spiked to 1,169.