Israel will ban passenger flights in and overseas from immediately, the federal government has introduced.
The ban on flights will come into power from 22:00GMT and final till the top of January, prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated in a press release.
“Apart from uncommon exceptions, we’re closing the sky hermetically to forestall the entry of the virus variants and in addition to make sure that we progress rapidly with our vaccination marketing campaign,” he added.
Israeli borders have largely been closed to foreigners through the pandemic, with solely passport holders allowed entry.
The nation has been below a 3rd nationwide lockdown since December 27th.
Nonetheless, Israel expanded its speedy vaccination drive on Sunday to incorporate late teenagers in what the federal government described as an effort to allow upcoming exams.
Israel has the quickest vaccine distribution charge on the earth.
With common imports of Pfizer vaccines, it has administered a minimum of one dose to greater than 25 per cent of its 9 million inhabitants since December 19th, the well being ministry stated.