'No country has done what we are about to do,' Netanyahu says amid fears over coronavirus mutations

In an unprecedented move, the Israeli government on Sunday approved a total shutdown of Ben Gurion Airport, starting midnight between Monday and Tuesday until January 31.

“No country has done what we are about to do,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the beginning of the coronavirus cabinet discussion.

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“We are closing Ben Gurion Airport today. In contrast to what people are saying, we are ahead of the entire world. We are doing it, we are hermetically closing the skies, excluding very rare cases, in order to prevent the entry of the virus’s variants, and to ensure that we advance speedily with our vaccination campaign,” Netanyahu relayed.