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Despite rising cases, COVID czar says airport tests unlikely to return soon

Coronavirus czar Salman Zarka attends a press conference about the coronavirus, in Jerusalem on August 29, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Coronavirus czar Salman Zarka attends a press conference about the coronavirus, in Jerusalem on August 29, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

COVID czar Salman Zarka says that while coronavirus cases appear to be rising, COVID tests at the airport are unlikely to return anytime soon.

“We don’t see a reason to check people at border crossings,” Zarka says during a briefing to journalists. “We will test people at Ben Gurion Airport if there are concerns about new variants in the world.”

Zarka says there are no current plans by health officials to bring back any COVID restrictions. The requirement to be tested upon landing at Ben Gurion Airport was lifted as of May 21.

More than 7,000 people tested positive for COVID yesterday, the most new daily cases in more than two months.

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