The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel is going to be
“shut down hermetically” for about a week, citing fears for the arrival of new coronavirus variants.
“We are closing the country hermetically,” Netanyahu said at the start of his weekly cabinet meeting
, according to a statement issued by his office.
The new variants pose “an urgent” need to impose drastic measures. “One variant that arrives
without been caught will cause exponential infections,” he said.
Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said that his ministry “worries” about the arrival of new variants.
“One of the new variants is already in Israel and is clearly partly responsible for the high infection
numbers.”Israel is on its third nationwide lockdown, which started on December 19, 2020 and is expected to be lifted on January 31.