New measures installed at Israel's Ben-Gurion International Airport aim to bolster protection against the coronavirus for incoming travelers, Israeli Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz said Monday.
"We've doubled the number of testing sites [at the airport], eliminating the long queues," Horowitz said, speaking during a visit to Ben-Gurion Airport.
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"This tent, which has been set up in conjunction with the defense ministry, is a solution to the influx of flights we're going to see in the next few months. I am pleased with the collaboration between the ministries, and it will continue."
Authorities also announced closing the loophole which allowed Israelis to fly to countries with a dangerously high coronavirus infection rate, though Israelis are technically forbidden to enter them.
"Fines will be issued to anyone who enters these countries, and inspectors will be enforcing this," Horowitz said.
"We've also improved the testing system significantly, with test results being processed and returned in less than a day."
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