Coronavirus testing will be stopped upon arrival in Israel

Coronavirus testing will be stopped upon arrival in Israel

After the Israeli withdrawal from the coronavirus epidemic, a foreign antigen test will also be accepted 24 hours before departure for Israel from May 20, and a post-arrival PCR test will not be mandatory.

ynet reported on a news portal called Ahronot on Sunday that coronavirus tests will be halted in Israel after arriving at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv on May 20.

After the Israeli withdrawal from the coronavirus epidemic, a foreign antigen test will also be accepted 24 hours before departure for Israel from May 20, and a post-arrival PCR test will not be mandatory.

Health Minister Nikan Horovic also said on Twitter that they will continue to maintain the system designed for airport inspections so that they can be restarted quickly if needed.

According to the Ministry of Health, more than 35,000 tests were conducted on 1,773 new carriers on Saturday, with a positive rate of 5.02 percent. There are currently 16,377 active infected people registered in Israel, and 24,530 of them are under home quarantine because they have been in contact with an infected person.

The ministry stated that 132 patients out of 459 patients currently in the hospital are suffering from severe illness, 53 need a ventilator, and six are breathing with an artificial lung.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic, 4,091,263 people have been registered by the authorities in a country of about 9.4 million people.

In Israel, only one municipality currently falls into the category of “severe infection”, 17 localities are classified as moderate and 118 are classified as minor, and 144 municipalities are classified as few or unaffected by the epidemic.

Since the end of December last year, 6,707,311 Israelis over the age of five, 72.09% of the country’s population, have been vaccinated at least once with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. 4,489,086 people received three vaccinations and 803,604 received the fourth vaccine, the second a booster.

According to the Ministry of Health website, 10,747 people have died of coronavirus disease in five waves of the epidemic since February 2020. In the past seven days, six have lost their lives, down 71.4 percent from the previous seven days.

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