The number of Israelis who tested positive for coronavirus jumped to 298 by Monday night, four in serious condition. The health authorities forecast a total of 10,000 within a fortnight unless the country goes into full lockdown.
In a U-turn by Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany Monday shut its borders with Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg and Denmark, after a total of 5,817 confirmed federal cases of coronavirus and 13 deaths. Italy, Spain and France saw the highest daily jump in covid-19 deaths on Sunday, reaching respective totals of 1,809, 292 and 127. President Emmanuel Macron plans to declared full closure in Paris.