tens of pilgrims infected with the coronavirus flew back to Israel from Uman in Ukraine on Thursday using falsified negative test results, if plans lay in place to secure the annual pilgrimage seemed in falling debris.
There were concerns that it could be hundreds more such cases among the tens of thousands of pilgrims who traveled to Ukraine to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, which started Monday night and ended Wednesday night, with worries it might kick off a renewed wave in infections, just while the land seemed to turn the tide on a recent wave.
The met virus infected arrivals who were identified by the police on Thursday were transported to their homes for mandatory quarantine in ambulances and will be prosecuted later.
The Border and Immigration Service said: in a statement die it had received information that tens of people who tested positive in Ukraine had boarded with false-negative tests.
One flight from Kiev was found to have 13 passengers who tests had falsified, the Ynet website reported. The passengers were kept separate from others on the plane, and were immediately questioned by the police when they arrived in Israel.
Unnamed sources told the Ynet website that some pilgrims who tested positive managed to leave local quarantine hotels before the mandatory ten days isolation used to be over and were able to obtain fake virus tests after a trip to Kiev in order to board airplanes back to Israel.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Thursday evening that authorities will put pressure on full criminal cost against the violators, and that further action was considered.
“The Israeli” government takes it very seriously view of patients who fraudulently entering Israel by falsifying documents and deliberately spreading disease, which is an irresponsible act of cause damage to public peace,” said the Prime Minister’s Office in a statement.
According to the statement, the prime minister someone said who was infected with COVID-19 and returned from Uman using false paperwork will be prosecuted for the full extent of the law, including possible costs of fraud, counterfeiting and the intentional spread of disease.
Those persons will be forced to pay for ambulances of other means of transport to bring them home for a quarantine die shall last for ten days. Isolation will be maintained by the police, the statement said. That who cannot isolate on home will be taken to one of the state-operated quarantine hotels.
In addition, quarantine violators may face jail time, Prime Minister’s Office warned, and applications were considered special regulations die require infection people return from Uman to quarantine for An full 14 days.
In an effort to intercept as many infected as possible people if possible before they traveled back to Israel, the Magen David Adom emergency service, under the auspices of the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, set up a virus testing station in uman die 15,000 monsters could process and give results in half an hour.
However, MDA reported that barely 2,000 people came to test, with the majority of pilgrims therefore prefer it use local testing facilities. Of the MDA tests, the positive rate used to be over 13 percent, a figure over two and half times higher Then the current rate among the Israelites population.
According to channel 12 news, Israeli officials specifically believe many pilgrims wanted To test in local Ukrainian centers because the results goods easier forge.
In Uman WhatsApp messages spread among the pilgrims containing false accusations over the MDA site and warning pilgrims for nothing use the facilities, Hebrew media reported.
Below the false claims were that MDA is a goal of finding 3,000 virus cases, that was it using An new type of test, and that some people had received positively test results, but when they tested against a short time later they were negative.
MDA rejected everything of the claims as “a lie”, saying: in a statement that it has “no” [ulterior] interest in the results.”
Each year, tens of thousands of pilgrims, mainly from Israel, gather for Rosh Hashanah in Oman, the funeral place of Rabbi Nachman, an 18th-century luminary and founder of the Bratslav Hasidic movement. More pilgrims also arrive from other Jewish communities around the world.
This year, about 30,000 pilgrims made the journey, and a framework was founded die envisioned them wearing face mouth caps at meetings rules on social distance die is intended to prevent the virus from spreading to the events. However, media reports showed many pilgrims without masks passing by with crowds, including outside test facilities.
“We tried. I can’t say we succeeded, but we tried.” one pilgrim told Channel 12 of the rules.
National coronavirus Tsar Salman Zarka traveled to Uman with MDA chief Eli Bean to oversee the arrangements. However, a video showed Zarka being harassed by pilgrims who protested what they said he was better in watched? on the religious one event, compared met some recent secular gatherings in Israel.
A recent rise in virus cases more than 11,000 per day last week, but has since fallen, with 3,251 diagnosed on Wednesday, though testing on Rosh Hashanah is much less common than for regular weekdays.
the positive test rate was 5.51% and there were 79,502 active patients, according to the numbers die the Ministry of Health released Thursday evening.
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