The ban to stay for at least a week with few rare exceptions stated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
With an objective to curb down the spread of new strain of Covid-19 across the country, Israel takes a bold decision of banning all passenger flights in and out of the country for the next one week staring from Monday.
“Other than rare exceptions, we’re closing the sky hermetically to save you the access of the virus variations and additionally to make sure that we progress speedy with our vaccination campaign,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated in public comments on the begin of a cupboard meeting.
The flight ban will come into impact from 2200 GMT on Monday and could pass on till the stop of January. The country’s borders have already been in large part closed to foreigners at some point of the pandemic times, with simplest Israeli passport holders being allowed the entry.
On Sunday, Israel extended its rapid vaccination drive to include late teens. The vaccines had been to begin with restricted to the aged and different high-risk categories, however are now to be had to each person over 40 or – with parental permission – the ones among 16 and 18.
The inclusion of past due teenagers is meant “to allow their return (to school) and the orderly keeping of exams,” the Education Ministry spokeswoman stated.
Israel awards a matriculation certificate to school students in grades 10-12 who pass exams, administered by the Education Ministry, that play a prime function in attractiveness to universities.
Israel has the world’s quickest vaccine distribution rate. With ordinary imports of Pfizer Inc. vaccines, it has administered at the least one dose to more than 25% of its 9 million population in view that Dec. 19, the Health Ministry says.
The country has been under a 3rd national lockdown in view that Dec. 27, which it plans to raise on the cease of January. Critics say the authorities has mishandled the crisis, missing a clear long-term approach and allowing politics to cloud its decisions.
Education Minister Yoav Galant, talking on Ynet TV, stated it changed into too early to realize if schools could reopen next month.