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Top ministers said to agree on ending quarantine for schoolkids exposed to COVID

Illustrative: An empty classroom at Cramim school in Beit Hakerem, Jerusalem, on October 21, 2020. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Illustrative: An empty classroom at Cramim school in Beit Hakerem, Jerusalem, on October 21, 2020. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Top government ministers have agreed to scrap mandatory quarantine rules for schoolchildren exposed to coronavirus carriers, according to Hebrew media reports.

Under the proposed change, which would take effect a week from today, all students will instead be tested twice a week — on Sundays and Wednesdays — to ensure they don’t have COVID-19.

The rules are expected to be announced this evening at a press conference held by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz and Education Minister Yifat Shasha-Biton.

A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office says the three will unveil “changes to the quarantine framework in the education system,” without giving further details.

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