A fifth coronavirus wave has started in Israel, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Sunday night. He addressed the public at a press briefing as the number of Omicron cases identified in the country rose to 175, up 40 from Friday.
“We were the first in the world to close the entry to Israel to foreigners,” Bennett said in his opening remarks. “We needed to buy time and keep the variant as far away from Israel as possible. The time we bought is running out.
“Omicron is already in the country, from the Knesset to kindergartens, and it is spreading fast,” the prime minister noted. “The numbers are not high yet, but it’s a highly contagious variant, and at the rate of doubling every two to three days, as we see all over the world, it can be said that the fifth wave has begun…”
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