Israel is freezing flights in and out of the country to slow the spread of COVID-19 strains
Israelwill ban inbound and outbound flights by foreign airlines to slow the spread of COVID-19strains.
- Haaretz reported the freeze will take effect early Tuesday morning and last until January 31.
- Emergency medical flights, firefighting planes, and legal
travelwill be permitted, according to the report.
Israel will ban foreign airlines from flying in and out of the country until January 31 to curtail the spread of new COVID-19 strains.
The country's cabinet on Sunday approved plans to freeze flights starting at midnight between Monday and Tuesday, Haaretz reported Sunday. Flights leaving the country will only be approved in rare instances. Firefighting planes, emergency medical flights, and cargo aircraft won't be affected by the policy. Domestic airlines will also face some new restrictions.Prime Minister Benjamin
Flights leaving Israel for legal or medical reasons will be permitted, as will those for family funerals or relocations. Travel for personal or humanitarian needs will require approval by the government's directors-general of health and
Separately, one of Israel's biggest health insurers recently warned of the variant's spread. Leumit Health Maintenance Office CEO Haim Fernandes said last week that up to half of its tested members had caught the UK strain, Haaretz reported.
Israel reported 4,933 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Since the pandemic's onset last year, the country has seen more than 4,300 virus-related deaths.Read more: From abortion care to LGBTQ rights, here's how Joe Biden is prepared to tear up Donald Trump's restrictive gender policies
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