Israeli PM Bennett Self-Isolates After Daughter Tests Positive For Coronavirus

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Naftali Bennett’s daughter tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday, forcing the prime minister to leave a cabinet meeting in the Golan Heights to enter quarantine.

Bennett had already tested negative for COVID earlier on Sunday, December 26, 2021, after it was discovered a staffer from the Prime Minister’s Office was infected with coronavirus, but he will now have to quarantine until he receives a further negative PCR test.

As a result of Bennett’s abrupt exit, Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar is convening the cabinet meeting.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s wife and children flew abroad at the start of the month for vacation, despite the premier imploring Israelis to avoid travel due to concerns over the spread of omicron.

Responding to public criticism, Bennett said that his family must abide by the same rules as all of Israel’s citizens.

“I understand the criticism, but in recent days we’ve learned more about the [omicron] variant and in which countries it’s spreading. The coronavirus cabinet decided to which countries travel is allowed and under what conditions.

On Saturday, Israel confirmed 591 new cases of the omicron variant, the Health Ministry, more than doubling the total number of confirmed carriers in the country, which now stands at 1,118 – up from 527 on Friday morning.

Responding to public criticism, Bennett said that his family must abide by the same rules as all of Israel’s citizens.

“I understand the criticism, but in recent days we’ve learned more about the [omicron] variant and in which countries it’s spreading. The coronavirus cabinet decided to which countries travel is allowed and under what conditions.

On Saturday, Israel confirmed 591 new cases of the omicron variant, the Health Ministry, more than doubling the total number of confirmed carriers in the country, which now stands at 1,118 – up from 527 on Friday morning.