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Coronavirus cabinet not expected to ban airport entry after Omicron found – reports

Israel’s coronavirus cabinet is set to meet at 8.30 pm Saturday evening to debate new restrictions on entry to the country, after a case of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 was discovered in Israel and fears that it could already be spreading in the population.

Ministers are not expected to decide on closing entry to the country to foreigners, but may impose some additional restrictions on tourists, according to several Hebrew media reports. They may, however, ban all entry from South Africa, Channel 12 says.

According to Kan news, Prime Minister Banftali Bennett is in favor of closing the airport, but most ministers do not currently support such drastic action.

Beyond the airport, another area of concern is the education system, where health officials fear the outbreak could be most prominent.

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