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Israel extends tourists ban over Omicron spread

Israel is to extend its ban on tourists entering the country for another 10 days due to fears of spreading the new Omicron variant of COVID-19.

• December 10, 2021
Naftali Bennett and COVID19 symbol

Israel is to extend its ban on tourists entering the country for another 10 days due to fears of spreading the new Omicron variant of COVID-19.

According to a statement issued by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz, the existing measures had been set to expire by Monday.

The statement disclosed that the borders would remain closed to foreigners until shortly before Christmas.

It said that anyone returning to Israel from any country, including vaccinated Israelis, will continue to be quarantined for at least three days upon entry.

However, the extension of the quarantine regulations must also be approved by the parliamentary health committee, the statement said.

The Omicron variant was first detected in southern Africa.

The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies it as “of concern.”

At the end of November, the first cases of Omicron were also detected in Israel.

Currently, the COVID-19 infection figures in the country are relatively low. 

(dpa/NAN)

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