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Labor’s Gilad Kariv tests positive for COVID, 2nd MK in past day

Lawmaker says he feels fine and is isolating at home, day after chairing Knesset committee meeting with top health official

Labor MK Gilad Kariv chars a meeting of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee on July 5, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Labor MK Gilad Kariv chars a meeting of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee on July 5, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Labor MK Gilad Kariv announced Tuesday that he has tested positive for coronavirus, the second lawmaker in the past day to get such a diagnosis.

Kariv said he tested positive at a Magen David Adom rapid testing station, adding that he feels well and is quarantining.

He was last at the Knesset on Monday, when he chaired a meeting of the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee that senior Health Ministry official Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis was taking part in.

The Knesset called on anyone unvaccinated who was in contact with Kariv to stay at home and not come to the parliament building. It noted that those who are vaccinated aren’t required to quarantine but are advised to get tested.

On Monday, Joint List MK Ofer Cassif said he’d tested positive for COVID-19.

“As part of my work I meet a lot of people all the time and therefore I ask whoever was in my proximity to go get tested as soon as possible. A test in time can prevent further infections and save lives,” he wrote on Twitter.

Cassif added: “Go get vaccinated, observe the safety rules and [good] health to everyone.”

Joint List MK MK Ofer Cassif at a Knesset Arrangements Committee meeting on June 21, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Numerous other lawmakers have contracted COVID since the pandemic began last year.

The latest infections among MKs come as Israel deals with a resurgence in morbidity, with Monday seeing the highest number of new daily cases since early February.

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