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The Corona Cabinet discusses halting the Omicron strain: "We want to keep Israel open" - Walla! news

2021-11-27T20:35:15.013Z

Among the measures being considered - a ban on entry for foreigners and the isolation of an additional 3 days for vaccinated people returning from abroad. The Ministry of Health has defined 50 countries in Africa as red. certainty"



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The Corona Cabinet discusses halting the Omicron strain: "We want to keep Israel open"

Among the measures being considered - a ban on entry for foreigners and the isolation of an additional 3 days for vaccinated people returning from abroad. The Ministry of Health has defined 50 countries in Africa as red. certainty"

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Saturday, 27 November 2021, 22:09 Updated: 22:23

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In the video: Bennett at the Corona Cabinet meeting (video: Roi Avraham / GPO, sound: Ben Peretz / GPO)

The Corona Cabinet convenes tonight (Saturday) to discuss moves that will halt the spread of the South African strain "Omicron" - which has so far been diagnosed in a few isolated patients.



Among the measures being considered: banning entry of foreign nationals for two weeks;

Three additional days of isolation for Israelis returning from abroad - after which another corona test will be required; in the case of unvaccinated Israelis, the possibility of charging them with seven days of isolation with two PCR tests will also be discussed. In the new variety.



Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said at the beginning of the cabinet meeting that Israel is in a time of uncertainty and called it the "period of fog."

He noted that "we want to maintain the great achievement of the State of Israel in the Delta - an open and functioning Israel, with a functioning economy, and an active education system, when children go to school. This is the top priority."

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Bennett in the Cabinet, tonight (Photo: Government Press Office)

These measures are being considered alongside the Ministry of Health's decision to designate 50 countries from Africa as red, including Ethiopia, South Africa, the Seychelles, Eritrea, Kenya and Tanzania.

It was also decided that the Israelis back from the red, also vaccinated, directed Corona hotel to have test results conducted at Ben-Gurion.



So far, one was detected in Israel is verified with certainty, after returning to Israel Malawi. However, the Ministry of Health examining suspected in seven other cases , Including three who have not recently returned from abroad.

This means that the new variety may have penetrated the community.

Prof. Ash arrives for discussion, tonight (Photo: Maariv, Avshalom Shashoni)

The new variant - B.1.1529 - was recently discovered in South Africa and shows an increased ability to infect.

The World Health Organization has given it the name "Omicron" and said it is a cause for concern.

Apart from Israel, several cases have been discovered in various countries around the world and as a result have begun to restrict flights from South Africa.

The Ministry of Health is testing the effectiveness of the vaccine against it.

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