- According to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Israelis entering the country, including those vaccinated, will be required to quarantine.
Israel announced on Saturday that it would ban all foreigners from entering the country, making it the first country to respond to the potentially more contagious ‘Omicron’ coronavirus variant and that it would also reintroduce counter-terrorism phone-tracking technology to help contain the spread of the variant.
In a statement, PM Naftali Bennett said that the ban would be in effect for 14 days, pending government approval.
Officials hope that more information will be available within that time frame on how effective COVID-19 vaccines are against ‘Omicron,’ which was discovered in South Africa and has been designated as a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization.
According to Bennett, Israelis entering the country, including those who have been vaccinated, will be subject to quarantine. The ban will go into effect between Sunday and Monday at midnight.
According to the statement, the Shin Bet domestic security agency’s phone-tracking technology will be used to locate carriers of the new variant to limit its spread to others.
So far, Israel has confirmed one case of the variant and has seven suspected cases.
The variant, which has been detected in Belgium, Botswana, Hong Kong, Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom since its discovery in South Africa, has sparked global concern and a wave of travel restrictions. However, epidemiologists say travel restrictions may be too late to prevent ‘Omicron’ from spreading globally.
It could take weeks to scientists to fully comprehend the mutations of the variant and determine whether existing vaccines and treatments are effective against it.
Source: NDTV News