Recent arrivals at Ben-Gurion Airport being tested for coronavirus

Health Ministry: Half of Israel's new COVID patients infected abroad

Of the 109 cases confirmed in the past week, 51 were new arrivals who were placed in quarantine upon entry to the country; number includes new immigrants arriving from India, where the coronavirus is prevalent

Adir Yanko |
Published: 06.07.21 , 13:21
Nearly half of all people recently confirmed with COVID-19 in Israel were infected abroad, the Health Ministry says.
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  • Of the 109 cases confirmed in the past week, 51 were recent arrivals in Israel. They included new immigrants arriving from northern India, where the coronavirus is prevalent.
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    Recent arrivals at Ben-Gurion Airport being tested for coronaviurs
    Recent arrivals at Ben-Gurion Airport being tested for coronaviurs
    Recent arrivals at Ben-Gurion Airport being tested for coronavirus
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    All of those who confirmed to have the virus were placed under strict quarantine upon their arrival in the country.
    According to the Health Ministry, there were as of Monday a total of 66 people being treated for the virus in hospitals around the country, 37 of them in serious condition and 25 on ventilators.
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    Passengers arriving at Ben-Gurion Airport last week
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    Since the start of the pandemic, 6,418 people succumbed to COVID-19 in Israel.
    On Sunday, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said that if the number of coronavirus cases remains low, Israel will completely lift its mask mandate on June 15, some 14 months after it was introduced.
    The ministry, however, has not yet decided whether masks would still be required for schoolchildren in classrooms.
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    14-year old Ela from Tel Aviv receives her coronavirus vaccine on Sunday
    14-year old Ela from Tel Aviv receives her coronavirus vaccine on Sunday
    A 14-year old Israeli receiving the coronavirus vaccine in Tel Aviv
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    Vaccination of children ages 12 to 15 began on Sunday, but there is no official recommendation for all children to be immunized.
    The Health Ministry has instead advised children whose health is compromised or who have family members at high risk from the disease to receive the vaccine.
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