To protect its gains against COVID-19, the Israeli government is considering adding several European countries with high morbidity rates onto its no-fly list.

A senior Health Ministry official on Sunday said they are seriously considering the travel ban since the infection rate spiked in Europe last week with countries like the Netherlands and Austria imposing partial lockdowns.

The official who refused to be named said the ministry is expected to convene at the end of the week to discuss the rising morbidity in Europe.

“A country can be designated as ‘red’ based on the situation in it and how many tourists come from there [to Israel],” the official said.

“We discuss the matter every week, and by the end of this week, there will be a decision,” the official added.

Aside from the travel ban, the ministry also called on the Israelis planning to travel to the continent to protect themselves by wearing masks.

The ministry also advised parents not to travel with unvaccinated children.

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