JERUSALEM — Benjamin Netanyahu, the previous prime minister of Israel, examined constructive for the coronavirus on Wednesday, in keeping with a press release from his conservative Likud occasion.
A celebration spokesman, Yonatan Ulrich, stated within the assertion that Mr. Netanyahu, 72, “feels effectively” and that he was appearing in keeping with the nation’s coronavirus tips. The previous prime minister was in Parliament on Wednesday morning earlier than being knowledgeable that he had examined constructive in a routine P.C.R. take a look at, in keeping with Mr. Ulrich.
Beneath Ministry of Well being tips, Mr. Netanyahu should now keep in isolation for no less than 5 days and conduct fast house checks on the fourth and fifth evenings of isolation. If the outcomes of each checks are detrimental and no signs have appeared for 48 hours, Mr. Netanyahu will be capable to go away isolation on the finish of Day 5. A constructive outcome would require him to stay in isolation till the top of Day 7.
Israel is simply rising from a fifth wave prompted by the Omicron variant of the virus, which noticed confirmed instances soar to just about 100,000 a day within the nation. That quantity has now dropped to a every day common of about 6,500 new instances.
Mr. Netanyahu has obtained 4 vaccination photographs, in keeping with Mr. Ulrich. In January, Israel started providing fourth photographs to individuals aged 60 and over because the nation braced for a surge of infections from the extremely contagious Omicron variant.
Israel lifted lots of its remaining Covid restrictions on March 1, together with ending limitations on gatherings, opening up the nation to unvaccinated vacationers and eliminating the necessity to current a digital proof of vaccination to enter eating places and most different venues.
One other member of Israel’s Parliament — Shirly Pinto, of the small, right-wing Yamina occasion led by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett — said on Twitter on Wednesday that she, too, had examined constructive for the virus. She stated she was the 61st lawmaker in Parliament to have been contaminated, although she didn’t specify what time interval she was referring to.
Parliament has 120 seats, however two elections within the nation since March 2020 have modified the make-up of the home through the course of the pandemic. Requested what number of lawmakers had been contaminated within the present Parliament, a parliamentary spokesman, Uri Michael, stated, “Sorry, we’re not counting.”
Mr. Netanyahu was prime minister from 2009 till 2021 after serving a earlier three-year time period within the Nineteen Nineties, making him the longest-serving prime minister in Israeli historical past. He’s now the chief of the opposition in Parliament.
Alongside his parliamentary function, Mr. Netanyahu is preventing corruption expenses in a trial now underway within the Jerusalem District Court docket. He was charged with bribery, breach of belief and fraud in three separate instances in 2019, accused of offering profitable official favors to rich businessmen in change for materials presents like costly cigars and Champagne, and less-tangible ones reminiscent of management over protection of him and his household in a serious information outlet.
An more and more polarizing determine as he clung to energy, Mr. Netanyahu led Israel into 4 tumultuous election cycles inside two years. Unable to kind a majority coalition after the final election in March 2021, he was ultimately changed by Mr. Bennett.
On Wednesday, Mr. Bennett, a former political ally who sat in a number of Netanyahu-led governments, wished Mr. Netanyahu, who’s now a bitter rival, a speedy and full restoration, writing on Twitter, “Really feel effectively!”
Supply: NY Times