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PM Netanyahu warns of ‘very rapid spread’ of mutant virus strain

By  Assaf Golan , Maytal Yasur Beit-Or , Ariel Kahana , Eldad Beck and ILH Staff
December 21. 2020

Netanyahu convenes “coronavirus cabinet” to discuss stopping air travel after UK discovers mutated virus strain. Meanwhile, Israelis aged 60 and over line up at medical clinics across the country to receive Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine.

Israelis aged 60 and over arrived at medical clinics across the country to receive their coronavirus vaccine as the so-called “coronavirus cabinet” convened to discuss the reimposition of a number of restrictions on movement, Monday.

Health Minister Yuli Edelstein has ordered the establishment of 12 vaccination centers to serve members of all of Israel’s healthcare providers in the cities of Kiryat Gat, Karmiel, Eilt, Beit Shemesh, Dimona, Arad, Safed, Kiryat Shmona, Shefaram, Sderot, and Umm al-Fahm.

According to Edelstein, tens of thousands of healthcare workers were inoculated on Sunday, and around 200,000 Israelis had made appointments to receive the vaccine.

On Monday, the coronavirus cabinet convened to discuss the reimposition of a number of restrictions following an increase in the spread of the virus. Israel confirmed 2,846 new cases of the coronavirus among the 70,989 people who tested for the virus, Sunday, for an infection rate of 4.1%. Israel currently has 25,159 active cases, 470 of which are serious. Of those in serious condition, 112 are on ventilators. So far, 3,109 people have died.

Among the restrictions to be discussed, a ban on foreign nationals entering Israel and ordering Israelis returning from overseas into mandatory quarantine.

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