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Bennett says Israel to genetically scan all arrivals for the coronavirus

17 16 20

Israel is working on a system to conduct genetic scanning for all those who arrive in the country in order to better identify travelers infected with the coronavirus, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said at a cabinet meeting Sunday.

Bennett told ministers that the system will eventually be deployed at Ben Gurion Airport, the country’s main international terminus.

“We are working on a scanning system for everyone who comes into Israel,” Bennett said, according to comments from the meeting leaked to Hebrew media. “Israel will thus become the radar for the virus.”

No further details about the system or how it would work were reported by Hebrew media.

Bennett expressed support for Social Equality Minister Meirav Cohen, who had warned that “the next variant will come to Israel through Ben Gurion,” saying the proposed genetic testing would help prevent that from happening.

The development came as the cabinet reviewed various aspects of the campaign to confront a recent wave of virus infections fueled by the highly contagious Delta variant, which has largely been attributed to infected travelers who did not properly quarantine after arriving in Israel.

The government has made vaccination against COVID-19 a central strategy to curb the spread, including offering third booster shots to all those over the age of 12. At the meeting, Bennett said: “We have run out of patience for people who are not vaccinated.”

“The coronavirus has become a matter for those who are not vaccinated,” Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz said. “Refraining from vaccination simply........

© The Times of Israel

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