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Ministers approve barring travelers, quarantine, Shin Bet tracking to contain Omicron

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (left) speaks at a meeting of the coronavirus cabinet at the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv, on November 26, 2021. (Kobi Gideon / GPO)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (left) speaks at a meeting of the coronavirus cabinet at the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv, on November 26, 2021. (Kobi Gideon / GPO)

The coronavirus cabinet approves closing Ben Gurion airport to non-citizen international arrivals for two weeks, mandatory quarantine for all Israelis arriving from abroad and tracking infected people by the Shin Bet internal security agency, according to Hebrew media reports.

Israelis arriving from abroad will have to quarantine for at least three days, reports said.

Israelis coming from red countries will have to quarantine in designated hotels until they receive a negative virus test.

Top ministers sparred over the restrictions during the meeting, with Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar opposing strict limits to contain the Omicron variant.

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