Coronavirus: No to vote on the complete closure of the airport today


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will bring a proposal to the government on Sunday to ban the entry and exit of all foreign and Israeli passengers from Ben-Gurion Airport, fearing an increasing number of coronovirus mutations.

Netanyahu and a group of senior ministers and health officials discussed the issue late Saturday night and determined that there would be a drastic reduction in the number of people allowed to enter and exit the country. Someone willing to enter or exit Israel will need special permission.

If approved by the government, a ban on passenger flights for 14 days will apply.

After reports surfaced over the weekend, there was discussion that the British version may be more deadly than originally thought.

British officials said the COVID-19 variant identified in England in the past month may have a higher risk of death, although data are limited. So far, health officials have said that there is no evidence that it was more fatal or caused more serious illness.

Meanwhile, the Israeli Ministry of Health said it was revealed through genetic sequencing that six out of seven pregnant women tested for a British mutation were infected with it. The ministry was waiting for results for three more women.

“In practice, in our day-to-day context, it means nothing,” Cyril Cohen, head of the immunotherapy lab at Bar-Ilan University, told The Jerusalem Post on Saturday night, noting that Israelis are already Lockdown is on, wearing masks and social distance – and that the British version is already in the country so closing the airport will not affect it.

Furthermore, he stated that most studies suggest that Pfizer is effective against coronovirus vaccine mutations.

However, he said that the South African mutation is more feared, as some early studies have shown that it may be able to counteract the antibodies developed by the Pfizer vaccine. Many cases of the South African version were brought to Israel via the United Arab Emirates.

In addition, mutations have been discovered in recent weeks in Brazil, the United States, and other countries, and there is still little information about them.

“It would be appropriate for us to stop air traffic, or at least to the extent,” he said. “We are counting on vaccines.”

The Ministry of Health is insisting on more stringent controls at the airport for almost the entire epidemic. Over the weekend, head of public health services Prof. Sharon Alloy-Preuss stated that “the important thing is that we feel that we cannot cause infection.”

A report published on Saturday by the Cohenovirus National Information and Knowledge Center said that the fear, which Cohen considered, could go against the country’s vaccination program and the crisis could hurt its potential.

The report states that with genetic sequencing it is also able to detect that when a patient is infected with a variant, most countries in the world are not able to keep track of mutations as they develop. Furthermore, even countries that can identify variants do not know how to assess the threat.

“The case of the British version proved that despite Israel’s quick response after learning of its existence, it was too late to stop its spread among the population,” the report highlighted.

As such, the center recommended that when traveling abroad, even those who had the virus or have been vaccinated should be careful to wear masks and social distances. In addition, it recommended avoiding unnecessary travel and treating oncoming passengers who require testing and potentially a shorter isolation period, vaccinated like any other.

At midnight on Saturday, a government decision went into effect requiring anyone to show a negative coronovirus test to enter the country.

On Friday afternoon, the Ministry of Health sent a memorandum stating that anyone wishing to fly to Israel would be required to present an air carrier with a negative PCR coronavirus test within 72 hours of flight Was taken, or a vaccination certificate. Provided by the Ministry.

The ministry said that in addition, any person who leaves Israel before seven days, after receiving their second vaccine, must enter isolation according to the ministry’s guidelines.

The rules will apply to all incoming passengers, including those who book two-way flights that keep them out of the country for more than 72 hours.

Exceptions will be given on a case-by-case basis.

Despite the mutation, the number of daily confirmed cases of coronavirus continues to decline.

With 7,326 new cases reported on Friday, the Ministry of Health reported on Saturday night that 8.8% of people tested positive, representing a slight decrease from earlier days. The virus was found in 8.9% of people seen on Thursday, 9% on Wednesday and 9.2% before that.

However, the ministry said that only 395, 393 people were tested for coronovirus on Friday and that1, ministry2 that were tested on Thursday, as more than 100,000 people protested in the past. Was, resulting in 10,000 cases.

The highest rate of infection remains among the ultra-Orthodox community, where British and possibly other mutations are active. The most active cases were in Jerusalem with 15,197, with Bunny Brake having 5,319 and Modi Ilit with 3,319.

The percentage of positive cases should continue to go down, as the fertility rate – the “R” or number of people to each sick person – has finally fallen below one in all areas.

As the numbers decline, the lockdown is expected to be lifted as announced on 31 January.

Coronavirus Commissioner Proc. Nachman Ash said in an interview with Channel 12 on Thursday that he was optimistic that further expansion of the bandh would not be needed.

“The data is encouraging,” Ash said. “We hope the trend continues.”

There are currently 76,783 active cases of coronovirus in Israel.

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