All Israel Arrivals to Quarantine Until Testing Negative for COVID Starting July 16

The rule will apply to all travelers entering Israel, even if they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus

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A coronavirus testing center in Tel Aviv, last week.
A coronavirus testing center in Tel Aviv, last week.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
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All travelers arriving in Israel must quarantine for 24 hours or until receiving a negative coronavirus test result as of next Friday, July 16, the Health Ministry has announced. 

Arrivals from countries that have a severe travel warning will be required to enter a 10-day quarantine. These countries include Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Kyrgyzstan, Namibia, Paraguay, Seychelles, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

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The Health Ministry said that if the pandemic worsens in these countries, they may be added to the list of countries with the highest travel warning, to which Israelis cannot fly at all as of July 12. These countries include Russia, Brazil, and India. 

Friday was the last day that Israelis could receive their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine since the inoculations that are in storage are set to expire next week. 

Some 450 Israelis tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday, marking a slight downward trend in coronavirus cases in recent days, when over 500 tested positive for the virus. Fifty-five percent of those who tested positive on Thursday had been vaccinated, 38 percent had not received the first jab, five percent had not received the second jab and three percent of had recovered from the virus.

The rate of positive tests stood at 0.7 percent Thursday, as 71,261 tests were carried out, according to figures from the Israeli Health Ministry. The R number – the average number of people each coronavirus carrier infects – currently stands at 1.37. 

Seventy Israelis are currently hospitalized with the virus, with 39 in serious condition, 16 in critical condition and 12 on ventilators. The death toll stands at 6,434. Two patients died last night; one was a 48-year-old man who was not vaccinated against the virus; the second was an 84-year-old man who was vaccinated. 

Over 20 percent of 12-year-old Israelis are vaccinated, and 30 percent of Israelis aged 13-15, according to the Health Ministry. 

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, together with the health and finance ministers, will on Sunday present a plan to the cabinet to form a panel that will examine the possibility of opening a local vaccine manufacturing site. 

The coronavirus cabinet also said this week that rapid COVID testing will be conducted at the entrances of geriatric facilities and at summer camps with more than 100 participants. 

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