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Bennett Quarantined after Contact with COVID Patient on UAE Flight

14 Dec 2021 12:12

Islam Times - A person who was on “Israeli” Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's flight back from the United Arab Emirates has tested positive for COVID-19, his office said Tuesday.

Bennett returned to the “Israeli” entity on Monday from a two-day trip to the Gulf Arab state, the first by an “Israeli” leader to the country, which recently normalized ties with the entity.

He was in a three-day quarantine on Tuesday as per the entity’s Health Ministry regulations, which require all returning travelers, even those vaccinated, to self-isolate. He was expected to take a coronavirus test on Wednesday, also in line with health regulations, and then end his quarantine if he tests negative, the prime minister's office said.

Bennett's office did not specify who the person was who tested positive or whether he also tested for the new Omicron coronavirus strain.

Bennett was meant to be accompanied by a phalanx of “Israeli” and foreign journalists and a sizeable entourage on the visit. But a day before his departure, journalists were notified that because of concerns over Omicron they would not be joining and that Bennett's entourage would be downsized.

Since the Omicron strain emerged, the “Israeli” entity has sealed its borders to foreign travelers and placed limits on “Israelis” flying abroad. It has barred travel to all countries in sub-Saharan Africa and imposed self-quarantine requirements for all returning travelers.

Bennett's trip this week to the UAE came against the backdrop of nuclear talks between world powers and regional archrival Iran over its tattered nuclear deal.

The trip also cemented the normalization agreement signed by the “Israeli” entity and the UAE under the US-brokered “Abraham Accords”, which also saw similar deals between the entity and Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco.

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