Ministry of Health issues travel warning for Namibia over COVID infection rates
The health ministry on Sunday added Namibia to the list of countries with a severe COVID travel warning, but failed to place it on the list of countries that Israelis are prohibited from visiting.
Namibia joins Uruguay, Seychelles, Bolivia, Maldives, Nepal, Paraguay and Chile as countries where Israelis are warned against travel due to their high rates of COVID-19.
The health ministry has warned that if the situation in those countries does not improve, they could be added to the list of countries to which Israelis are not allowed to travel. These countries are currently Ukraine, Argentina, Ethiopia, Brazil, India, South Africa, Mexico, Russia and Turkey.
Israelis wishing to travel to any of these countries must submit a request to the Exceptions Committee, and anyone returning from those countries – including those who have been vaccinated – must self-quarantine for 14 days.
The health ministry said on Sunday morning that only four new cases of COVID had been confirmed in Israel in the past 24 hours out of 7,575 tests. As of Sunday morning, there were only 230 active cases nationwide.
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The figures were announced as Israel launched its vaccination campaign for 12-15 year olds on Sunday.
Last Tuesday, the latest in a series of restrictions in place for more than a year expired as the number of cases continued to decline.
The only major restrictions remaining are the mandate requiring the wearing of masks indoors, which is also expected to be lifted soon, and quarantine requirements for those entering the country.