Israel’s cabinet has approved the closure of Ben Gurion airport from Tuesday, January 26 until next Sunday January 31, although the closure is likely to continue for at least two weeks. Airlines have been given indications that the closure could extend until the end of February.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “No other country has done what we are going to do. We are closing the country hermetically and at the same time we will vaccinate one million Israelis each week.”
The extreme measure is being taken because of the new Covid mutations being reported from around the world, with fears that some of them could be resistant to the Pfizer vaccine.