Health Ministry chief says no plans to reimpose COVID restrictions

Health Ministry Director General Nachman Ash says Israel will not impose additional restrictions to drive down COVID rates, for the time being.

In a briefing to reporters, Ash says health officials are considering whether to offer booster vaccine shots to Israelis who are not immunocompromised. He also says the ministry is considering whether to reduce the length of quarantine, but has yet to reach a decision.

His comments come a day before the so-called coronavirus cabinet will convene again to discuss ways to stem the latest outbreak.

Ash also acknowledges that the Health Ministry mistakenly counted the negative test results from samples taken at the airport twice, skewing the numbers of cases over the past several weeks.

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