Israel PM Bennett on same flight from UAE as Covid-infected passenger

Israel PM Bennett on same flight from UAE as Covid-infected passenger
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15 December, 2021
It is not known if the passenger was infected with the Omicron variant, with testing still ongoing on Tuesday afternoon.
Israeli PM Naftali Bennett was returning from the UAE [GIL COHEN-MAGEN/AFP/Getty-archive]

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was on the same return flight from the UAE as a passenger who was infected with Covid-19, his office has revealed.

The Israeli premier had been in Abu Dhabi for his first meeting with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi's crown prince and de facto UAE ruler.

Bennett returned to Israel and began isolating on Monday night, according to The Jerusalem Post.

It is not yet known whether the passenger Bennett came across was infected with the Omicron variant, with testing still ongoing on Tuesday afternoon.

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Bennett and his entourage began isolating before they became aware of the contact with the Covid-infected traveller.

The PM and those who had accompanied him on his trip were tested for Covid-19 at the airport and will be tested again on Wednesday, in keeping with the rules.

The Israeli leader, who has received all three coronavirus jabs, abided by the relevant Covid-19 regulations while on his journey, according to his team.