Bennett in quarantine as daughter suspected of carrying Omicron

Naftali Bennett’s spokesman says the prime minister’s daughter, who tested positive for the coronavirus, is highly suspected to be carrying the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

The news means Bennett will need to quarantine for seven days and get two negative tests, despite being vaccinated. He last tested negative on Sunday.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett holds a press conference at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem on December 19, 2021. (Marc Israel Sellem/Flash90/pool)

Spokesman Mata Sidi says genetic coding to confirm if the strain is Omicron should be completed in the next couple of days.

Rumors have swirled in recent days that the government may ease that quarantine requirement following an outcry and predictions that a large chunk of the country would be rendered homebound by the fast-spreading variant.

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