Netanyahu says Israel will shut down ‘hermetically’ to arrivals for a week

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is going to “close hermetically” to arrivals from abroad, apparently for a week, in an effort to thwart the arrival of mutated versions of the coronavirus.

At the outset of the cabinet meeting, which started after a two-hour delay, Netanyahu says: “We are closing the country hermetically. Just in this week of closing the skies, we will vaccinate another million Israelis.”

He claims “no country” has taken such a step, although Israel’s border policy has for months been seen as too lax and blamed for many COVID-19 cases being imported.

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