Dealing with the corona: these are the sanctions for returning from red states

the minister of Health Nitzan Horowitz Commented today (Monday) on the transit incident of thousands of passengers at Ben Gurion Airport without a corona inspection and the contagion incidents in recent days, some of which are likely to return to Israel, and said that in a few days his office will introduce increased enforcement within the airport.

The minister noted that Israelis who fly to red countries, to which entry is prohibited, will be fined: “Within a few days we will impose strict enforcement and high fines at the airport on those who fly to banned countries,” Horowitz noted. The Minister of Health added that full cooperation will take place between his ministry and the Ministry of Transportation: “We, Minister of Transportation Michaeli and I, have agreed on close cooperation between the Ministries of Health and Transportation.”

Following the incident at Ben Gurion Airport that took place a few days ago, in which many passengers entered the country without undergoing a corona check, the government held a special discussion yesterday with senior officials from the Ministry of Health, Transportation and the Ministry of Defense. At the end of the discussion, it was decided to expand the system of inspections at the airport.

The Minister of Health referred to the need to prepare for a lot of traffic at the airport during the summer months: “We are significantly expanding the system of inspections at Ben Gurion Airport. The long queues have been shortened, but that is not enough. They need to be shortened better, and especially to prepare for the expected congestion at Ben Gurion Airport during the summer months.

People at Ben Gurion Airport (Photo: Avshalom Shashoni)

Horowitz also said that the Ministry of Health will work to train additional teams, so that the number of test positions will increase significantly. At the same time, the Ministry of Health will be required to obtain additional space at Ben Gurion Airport, in order to increase the number of tests.

As stated, the Minister of Health said that in the coming days, increased enforcement will be implemented against Israelis who went to countries with a high level of morbidity that were defined as dangerous. “Within a few days, we will impose strict enforcement at the airport on those who fly to banned countries, while imposing very high fines on those who will beep at the instructions and endanger the health of Israeli citizens.”

The Minister of Health noted that in addition to increasing enforcement, the personal responsibility of citizens is also required, especially of “verified patients and debtors in isolation.” At the end of his speech, he turned to the media and said that “there is no need to create unnecessary pressure. We will manage the situation with professionalism and discretion.”

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