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Health Ministry director says it’s too soon to weigh lifting travel restrictions

Health Ministry Director-General Nachman Ash speaks during a meeting at the Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan on October 24, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
Health Ministry Director-General Nachman Ash speaks during a meeting at the Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan on October 24, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Health Ministry Nachman Ash says that he does not believe the new travel restrictions instituted in the wake of the Omicron COVID variant should be lifted just yet.

“There isn’t enough information yet to change the restrictions,” Ash tells Channel 12 news. “We still don’t know if this variant will stand up to the vaccines.”

Ash suggests that the Health Ministry and other Israeli officials will “have to wait a few more days, and more data will come,” before making any decisions on changes.

Last month, Israel shut its doors to foreigners, added the majority of African nations to a banned “red list” and mandated three days of quarantine — with two negative tests — for returnees from all foreign countries, including those who have three COVID vaccine doses.

So far, 21 Omicron cases have been identified in Israel.

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