Back to the beginning, Israel has again announced a travel ban for foreigners looking to enter the country due to the threat of the newly discovered COVID strain.
The ban shuts the borders to non-Israei’s, and requires quarantine in separated hotels for Israeli passport holders returning to the country.
The travel ban was approved today by the Coronavirus Cabinet, and went into effect immediately.
Health Minister Yuli Edelstein (Likud) said that Israelis returning from abroad would be required to go into isolation and undergo testing, regardless of what country they had been staying in.
He added that there are no signs at present that the new mutation is resistant to the vaccines now being administered in Israel.
But, Edelstein added, the infection rate in Israel has continued to rise, and hinted at new restrictions on public activity.
“The fact is that the infection rate is on the rise. In the Coronavirus Cabinet we will see what we as a government need to do in order to ensure that this [new] strain doesn’t get to Israel.”