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Israeli Prime Minister BInyamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) on Sunday approved the extension of unemployment payments for those over age 67 who were laid off or placed on unpaid leave due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The length of a person's eligibility for unemployment usually depends on personal and family factors. However, due to the outbreak, the payments have been extended across the board through July. Now, an additional extension for senior citizens has been approved, so that those who are unemployed due to COVID-19 will continue receiving payments through August.

According to Israel Hayom, the decision was made together with the Bank of Israel representative, as well as the head of the National Economic Council.

According to the government, the decision is a "continuation of the policy to jump-start the economy and encourage the return to the workplace, along with the commitment to taking care of all those who will not return to work," Israel Hayom noted.

In order to expedite the implementation of this decision, an amendment will be added to the law regarding grants for Israelis aged 67 and above. The law is waiting to pass its second and third readings.