Israel reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases since April at the beginning of the week, and numbers have been on the rise since. Officials have strongly suggested that the recent spur has been caused by travels from abroad, some of whom violated quarantine norms.
School outbreaks in Israel have been linked to an International traveler, who brought the vicious Delta variant to the country, whilst evading quarantine rules. According to a local media report, the number of coronavirus cases in the school system has tripled over the past week.
An epidemiological investigation of the Delta variant outbreak in Binyamina revealed that one of the sources of the outbreak was a local gym trainer who violated quarantine and was in contact with a large number of people. As of Tuesday evening, there were 104 confirmed coronavirus cases in Binyamina and over 1,000 residents in quarantine.
As it stands, over 70% of the existing cases in Israel are of the Delta or Indian variant, a majority of which are among unvaccinated young children. To address the situation, and take due measures, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz, Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli, and Public Security Minister Omer Bar-Lev visited Ben-Gurion Airport on Tuesday evening to evaluate the safety procedures for arriving passengers.