The Israeli government decided this Wednesday to postpone until August 1 the entry of tourists to the country, which was scheduled for July 1 and which has been delayed due to an increase in infections.
The decision, which so far only provides for the entry of vaccinated tourists, was announced on Wednesday by the Office of the Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, and comes within the framework of a series of new measures to stop the advance of the pandemic.
These also include increased fines for violating quarantine, increased monitoring of contagion chains, and information campaigns to encourage compliance with the new regulations, among others.
On the other hand, these measures come one week after the obligation to wear a mask indoors was lifted and in a context of concern in the country about the spread of the delta variant, detected for the first time in India.
“Our objective at the moment, first and foremost, is to protect the citizens of Israel from the rampant delta variant,” Bennett said during a meeting with members of the Executive and specialists, although he added that the intention is to do so in a way that is not too disturbed. the life of the population.
This Thursday, for the third consecutive day, more than 100 new infections were registered, something that had not happened for months and that is believed to be due to the arrival of the new strain of coronavirus from abroad.
According to the latest figures released by HealthIsrael currently has 680 active cases, of which 26 are in serious condition.
Many of those infected with the new variant are patients who were already vaccinated, something that has sounded the alarms in the country, where more than five of the little more than nine million inhabitants have been vaccinated and where the pandemic had ceased to be a worry.
Because of this, the authorities have already warned that, if the numbers of infections are not lowered, the use of the mask indoors will be imposed again. In addition, considering that an important part of the new cases were detected in schools, the Ministry of Health also recommended accelerating the vaccination of minors between 12 and 15 years old.
While the entry of foreigners with a tourist visa has been prohibited since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, last month the entry of groups of vaccinated tourists was authorized on trips organized by authorized agencies and under strict prevention measures.