by voanews 01/22/2021
Israel says it plans to shut down its international airport by the end of the week to keep out highly contagious coronavirus variants. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, “We are closing the skies hermetically, except for really rare exceptions, to prevent the entry of virus mutations, and also to ensure that we progress quickly with our vaccination campaign.” The new measure is set to begin Tuesday and last until the end of the month, pending parliamentary approval. Meanwhile, the White House said Sunday it is ready to restrict entry of non-U.S. citizens traveling to the U.S.
Israel will ban passenger flights in and out of the country from Monday evening for a week as it seeks to stop the spread of new coronavirus variants. "Other than rare exceptions, we are closing the sky hermetically to prevent the entry of the virus variants and also to ensure that we progress quickly with our vaccination campaign," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the prevailing belief was that children are less likely to contract the virus, and if they do, rarely suffer serious cases of the virus. However, as of Friday, four infants and toddlers were hospitalized in a newly opened intensive care unit for children at Hadassah Ein