Israel said on Thursday that it would extend the closure of its airports and land borders for another 14 days in an attempt to stop the coronavirus pandemic, AFP reports.
A joint statement from the prime minister’s office and the health minister said the country’s borders would remain closed until March 6, except for urgent reasons.
Israel suspended international flights on January 24, before closing border crossings with Jordan and Egypt.
However, the Ministry of Immigration announced on Thursday that the landing of six special flights was still approved, in which about 900 immigrants from Ethiopia, France, Russia, Ukraine and South America were transported.
New arrivals will be quarantined upon arrival, the ministry said in a statement.
Despite what has been called the world’s fastest per capita vaccination campaign, Israel is recording a daily average of 4,000 new Covid-19 cases, down from about 8,000 in mid-January, official figures show.
Strict locking across the country was introduced on December 27 and extended four times in the fight against the infection rate.
Israel announced a gradual easing of locking measures on February 5, and airports and land borders should reopen on February 21.
According to the latest data from the Ministry of Health, Israel, with a population of nine million, has registered more than 741,000 Covid-19 cases, including 5,501 deaths.