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Two-thirds of Israelis returning from abroad break quarantine — report

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Health officials were reportedly told on Saturday that two-thirds of Israelis returning from trips abroad to countries with high coronavirus infection rates have been breaking quarantine.

The meeting between Health Minister Yuli Edelstein, coronavirus czar Nachman Ash, ministry officials and scientists also heard that 1-2 percent of people coming back from abroad — from all locations — have later been found to be carrying the coronavirus, Channel 12 news reported.

Israelis returning from Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria were most likely to test positive, the report said.

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Testing is not compulsory for travelers to Israel from any location but arrivals from high-infection countries can now use testing to have their quarantine period slightly reduced. A technician collects nasal swab samples for coronavirus testing at Ben-Gurion International Airport, near Tel Aviv on November 15, 2020 (Flash90)

The report said it was clear from the discussions that there was a need to perform tests on all returnees from abroad, no matter where they had been.

Under current regulations, those entering Israel from a country deemed to be “red,”........

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