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Israel delays entry for vaccinated tourists as Delta variant spreads

  • June 24, 2021

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“Our goal at the moment, first and foremost, is to safeguard the citizens of Israel from the Delta variant that is running amok in the world,” newly-elected Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Wednesday in a statement from his office. “We have decided to take action as soon as possible, even now, in order not to pay a heavier price later, by taking quick and responsible actions.”

Under the new mandates, all Israelis traveling abroad are now required to sign a declaration promising not to enter high-risk countries. Officials also plan to reinstate a mask mandate in closed spaces if the country surpasses 100 new cases every day for one week.

Should the 100-new-cases-a-day threshold be crossed every day for a week, it will be obligatory to wear masks in closed spaces. At this stage, the professional officials are recommending that the citizens of Israel return to wearing masks.

More than 55% of the country’s population is fully vaccinated, according to Israel’s Ministry of Health. The ministry’s website shows there were 169 new cases verified Wednesday, compared to 13 the week prior.

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