January 24, 2022

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Despite the widespread Omigron variant of COVID-19, Israel has reopened its borders to tourism

File photo of several passengers at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel. EFE / EPA / Open Sultan

Israel It reopened its borders today for vaccinated or rescued tourists After covering them for more than a month for fear of spreading the omigran variant of the corona virus, it spread across the country, causing more than 20,000 infections a day.

Those wishing to enter Israel with a tourist visa will be able to do so from this Sunday, until they meet the immunization requirements established by the Ministry of Health.

A complete vaccination program is required for any of the vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Sputnik vaccine, not more than six months after the last dose was given.

People with the disease must prove that they have had a positive coronavirus test in the past six months or have received at least one dose of the WHO-approved vaccine, either before or after it.

    EFE / EPA / KHALED ELFIQI
EFE / EPA / KHALED ELFIQI

Tourists entering the country must present a negative corona virus test within 72 hours of their departure and take another test upon arrival at the airport., After which they should remain in isolation until a negative result is obtained.

Although it was initially expected that only tourists from highly non-infectious countries would be able to enter the country, the I.P.Last Thursday Israel decided to rescind the so-called “red list” of countries where Israelis are not allowed to travel and was banned from flying, so country-based restrictions no longer apply.

These measures coincide with the time of the greatest epidemics since the onset of the epidemic due to the spread of the Omigron variant.

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“No Omigron Wave Control”Sharon Alroy-Preis, the Ministry of Health’s top public health official, told Israel’s Channel 13 this week.

People line up in their cars to be tested for the corona virus (COVID-19) on January 3, 2022, in the city of Ashdod, Israel, as the number of Omigran infections increases.  Photo taken by drone.  REUTERS / Amir Cohen
People line up in their cars to test for the corona virus (COVID-19) on January 3, 2022, in the city of Ashdod, Israel, as the number of Omigran infections increases. Photo taken by drone. REUTERS / Amir Cohen

“Probably no one is protected from infection”Jonathan Haley, president of the Shere Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, said Tuesday.

Israel has warned of the rapid social spread of the virus, although it has closed its borders since the end of November and decided this week to reopen them for vaccinated tourists starting today.

While retrieving the mask outdoors at meetings of more than 50 people, health has reduced isolation until direct contact with the victim results in a negative outcome.

Vaccination to prevent serious diseases, and in the country It is firmly in treatment and is already providing Pfizer tablet, Paxlovid to patients, and approved the use of the Merck tablet last Sunday, with a receipt for the first shipment pending.

EFE / Carlos Ortega
EFE / Carlos Ortega

According to statistics released by Health today, A total of 17,521 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed yesterday, A slightly lower number than the nearly 19,000 identified the previous day, but still high compared to previous waves.

As in other parts of the world, the rapid increase in infections has not been accompanied by an equal increase in the number of serious cases, which now stands at 205 out of a total of 115,000 active patients.

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(With information from EFE)

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