the weekly meeting of his cabinet and headed home after learning of his
daughter’s positive test, which came amid fast-spreading infections in Israel
caused by the omicron variant.
premier’s daughter had been vaccinated against COVID-19, his office said. It
did not disclose whether she had been infected by omicron or the delta variant
also prevalent in Israel.
cabinet session began, Bennett, who had a vaccine booster shot on Aug. 20, and
other members of his government took rapid antigen tests and received negative
public criticism after his wife and children went on holiday abroad early this
month, despite his calls for Israelis to help stem omicron’s spread by
cancelling plans to fly overseas.
government later approved measures barring Israelis from travelling to most countries.
Those edicts were preceded by an Israeli ban on the entry of foreigners. Israel
has reported 1,118 confirmed cases of omicron, with the number of people
infected by the variant now doubling every two days.