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COVID czar calls on Israelis returning from BA2.75-infected countries to get tested

Coronavirus czar Prof. Salman Zarka seen during a visit at a Safed hospital on August 24, 2021. (David Cohen/Flash90)
Coronavirus czar Prof. Salman Zarka seen during a visit at a Safed hospital on August 24, 2021. (David Cohen/Flash90)

COVID czar Salman Zarka reiterates his call for Israelis returning from abroad to take PCR tests after arriving home, despite them no longer being mandatory, due to concerns of a new subvariant.

Zarka says that the BA2.75 subvariant is “primarily in India, but not just there. The arrival of new variants from abroad is concerning.”

In particular, he says, those coming back from India, South Africa, Malta and Botswana should get checked after returning.

And while Zarka says he expects the current sixth COVID wave in Israel to begin receding soon, he warns that a new seventh wave is likely this fall. The timing is expected around the November 1 election, he says “and we are in dialogue with the Central Elections Commission to ensure that all citizens will be able to vote.”

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