Member of Defence Minister’s team tested positive for Omicron variant

December 16, 2021 by TPS
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One of Defence Minister Benny Gantz’s staff members was diagnosed on Wednesday with the Coronavirus (COVID-19), after three days of quarantine and two negative tests.

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz at a meeting of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee in Jerusalem on Oct. 19, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Gantz recently returned with his team from the US.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense stated that as a precautionary measure and after consultation with the Ministry of Health, Gantz will continue in his mandatory quarantine until the virus sequencing testing is received.

“It should be emphasized that the team member did not sit near the minister during the flight and did not test positive at Ben Gurion Airport when returning or in a test before the departure from the US to Israel, “the minister’s office said.

Israeli media reported that the team member tested positive for the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

However, Gantz was at the Knesset Plenum on Wednesday to participate in the voting. He sat in the visitors’ section, away from the rest of the Members of Knesset.

The Ministry of Health updated Tuesday that it had identified 22 new verified cases of the Omicron variant in Israel, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 89, while another 239 “high suspicion” cases are under investigation.


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