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Israel tightens lockdown again

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Israel closes entry for foreigners and imposes a special quarantine for citizens.


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that Israel shall close entry for foreigners from December 23rd and impose mandatory quarantine in special centers for returning Israelis due to the emergence of a new type of coronavirus .


“The meeting of the government commission on coronavirus has just ended. I made a decision last night, and we implemented today the closing-of-the-skys state of-Israel. Foreign citizens will not be able to enter the country, except in exceptional cases - such as diplomats. Israelis who return home after 48 hours from this moment will be sent to special centers for quarantine. If they return within the next 48 hours, they will be able to quarantine at home," his office circulated the prime minister's remarks.


Earlier on Monday at the start of the coronavirus commission meeting, the prime minister said he had convened it "with one purpose, and that to completely close the sky" in order to minimize the "viral mass entering Israel". He asked the ministers to repeat the measures taken at the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020 - "to close the sky as quickly as possible," the prime minister's office said.


On the evening of December 20, Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel is closing the skies for flights from Great Britain, Denmark and South Africa due to the discovery of a new strain of coronavirus. “If necessary, we will add other countries,” Netanyahu tweeted at the time. At the same time, the country's authorities decided that citizens who were in  Great Britain, Denmark and South Africa in for 14 days before returning to Israel will be "placed by the state in quarantine in specially designated centers," the prime minister's office informed.


On December 14, British Health Minister Matt Hancock announced that British scientists had identified a new, mutated type of coronavirus, which may be associated with the rapid spread of the disease in the south eastern part of England. According to him, preliminary analysis shows that this variant of the virus is spreading faster than known strains. At an emergency press conference on December 19, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that, according to preliminary data, a new type of coronavirus may be 70% more contagious, adding that British experts have not yet found evidence because it leads to greater lethality.

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