Israeli authorities have added the US and 17 others countries to its severe travel warning list; with travelers from these locations needing to quarantine for at least seven days.
This comes following the Knesset's Labour, Welfare and Health Committee's approval of the new list of countries yesterday, including Ukraine, Italy, Iceland, Eswatini, US, Botswana, Bulgaria, Germany, Netherlands, Tanzania, Greece, Malawi, Egypt, Czech Republic, France, Cuba, Rwanda and Tunisia.
According to Ynet News, these countries were added to a previous list that included Cambodia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Fiji, Georgia, UK, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, Liberia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Namibia, Panama, Paraguay, Seychelles, Turkey, Uganda, UAE, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The decision was an approval of a recommendation by the Ministry of Health raised after the country experienced a dramatic increase in the number of reported COVID-19 cases.
The Ministry of Health recommended that travelers from the listed countries must quarantine for at least for seven days, whether they are vaccinated or not.
Israel reported 3,818 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, bringing the number of active patients to 22,345. The death toll since the start of the pandemic rose to 6,492.
Ynet News reported Sheba Medical Centre, Israel's largest hospital, saying yesterday that it was reopening its coronavirus intensive care ward after an increase in the number of patients being admitted.