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Knesset member tests positive for COVID-19

Michael Biton, chairman of the Knesset Economic Affairs Committee, spent hours in the parliament on Thursday holding multiple hearings and meetings

Amy Spiro is a reporter and writer with The Times of Israel.

Knesset Economic Affairs Committee Chairman Michael Biton leads a meeting of the committee at the Knesset on December 7, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Knesset Economic Affairs Committee Chairman Michael Biton leads a meeting of the committee at the Knesset on December 7, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Blue and White MK Michael Biton has tested positive for COVID-19, the Knesset spokesman announced on Sunday morning.

Biton, the chairman of the Knesset Economic Affairs Committee, was last present in the Knesset on Thursday.

The head of the Knesset Guard said that, following the news, “an epidemiological investigation will be carried out in conjunction with professionals in the Health Ministry.” It was not immediately clear how many other members of Knesset would be affected.

Under the current guidelines, any individual who has been exposed to a COVID patient must immediately enter quarantine. Those who are fully vaccinated with a booster shot can exit quarantine after testing negative. Anyone who is not considered fully vaccinated must observe 14 days of quarantine, or 7 days with two negative tests.

Biton, who has three vaccine doses, is reportedly not suffering from any symptoms. The MK spent hours in the Knesset on Thursday, holding a series of long committee hearings as well as meeting with Agricultural Minister Oded Forer as well as local farmers.

Last week, all attendees at Sunday’s cabinet meeting were required to undergo a COVID test before the meeting. During the cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett exited halfway through after receiving a call informing him that his daughter had tested positive for COVID.

Bennett later exited quarantine after testing negative multiple times.

Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu also tested negative for COVID on Wednesday after coming in contact with a man whose daughter had tested positive.

Earlier this month, more than 100 people including nine Knesset members were sent to quarantine after a COVID outbreak in the Knesset.

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