Omicron: Israel closes its borders to foreign nationals

Omicron: Israel closes its borders to <foreign nationals />/p> MISE & Agrave; DAY</p><p> <strong> Israel will ban from Sunday evening the entry of foreign nationals into its territory in the hope of slowing the spread of the new variant of the coronavirus Omicron, a case of which has been confirmed in the country, announced authorities. </strong> & nbsp;</p><p> “The entry of foreign nationals into Israel is prohibited except in cases approved by a special committee,” the prime minister's office said in a statement, specifying that the measure took effect on Sunday evening.</p><p> Vaccinated Israeli citizens will be required to take a PCR test and quarantine for three days, a measure extended to seven days for those unvaccinated, the statement said. .</p><p> These decisions were taken at the end of a meeting of the cabinet responsible for the fight against the coronavirus, and they put a stop to the reopening of the borders, on November 1, to vaccinated foreign tourists.</p><p>The announcement of these measures, which still have to be approved by the government in the morning, comes a few hours before the start of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, the “Festival of Lights”, which lasts for eight days and during which several gatherings and festivities take place.</p><p> The rules on gatherings will not be changed, apart from the obligation to present a health pass for events involving 50 people instead of 100, the authorities said. .</p><p>On Friday, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced a series of measures to identify potentially infected people and limit travel between Israel and the African continent, after the detection at home of a case of the Omicron variant in a returning traveler. from Malawi.</p><script async=

“We are close to an emergency […]. We will not take any chances, ”Bennett said, suggesting that his government take new“ strong and swift ”measures.

The Jewish state was one of the first country to launch, in December 2020, a vast vaccination campaign that had allowed the double vaccination of more than 5.77 million out of some nine million Israelis, or more than 80% of adults, and the administration of a booster dose to four million people.

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