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  • COVID-19: Israel bans all passenger flights in and out of country

    Sunday 24 January 2021 21:33, UK

    Israel is banning all passenger flights in and out of the country to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and prevent variants from getting a foothold among its population.

    The announcement came as Israeli police clashed in a number of cities with ultra-Orthodox protesters who are resisting the coronavirus safety rules, Associated Press reported.

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    Israel to close its only major airport in bid to slow coronavirus spread

    BY JOSEPH CHOI - 01/24/21 06:08 PM EST

    Israel will close its sole major airport for one week in an effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus and stymie new variants that are cropping up.

    The Washington Post reports that Israel’s cabinet agreed on Sunday to stop all incoming and outgoing from Ben Gurion International Airport until at least the end of January. Cargo flights, medical evacuations and “firefighting flights” will be exempted from the rule.

    “No nation has done what we are about to do — we are hermetically sealing the country,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “We do this to prevent the entry of the virus mutations and to ensure that we progress quickly with our vaccination campaign.”

    The rule will extend to Jewish immigrants traveling to the country under the Law of Return, the Post reports.

    The more infectious U.K. variant of the coronavirus has been detected in Israel, the Post reports, contributing to Israel’s decision to seal itself off from the world. Another new strain has been discovered that is thought to have originated in South Africa.

    The Post notes Israel has excelle...