Israel Shuts Borders Over Threat of New Covid Variants: Netanyahu at WEF

About This Source - Bloomberg QuickTake: Now

Bloomberg L.P. is a privately held financial, software, data, and media company headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.

It was founded by Michael Bloomberg in 1981, with the help of Thomas Secunda, Duncan MacMillan, Charles Zegar, and a 12% ownership investment by Merrill Lynch.

Recent from Bloomberg QuickTake: Now:

  • Heat Wave in Southern Europe Fuels Wildfires in Turkey, Greece and Croatia
  • Cuomo Faces Growing Calls to Step Down as New York Governor Over Misconduct
  • LIVE: ‘Very Real Fourth Wave’ Presses FDA to Fully Approve Covid Shots | Top News
  • Bloomberg Quicktake: Now published this video item, entitled “Israel Shuts Borders Over Threat of New Covid Variants: Netanyahu at WEF” – below is their description.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that it was “just a question of time” before new variants of the coronavirus emerge.

    Netanyahu made the remarks while virtually addressing the World Economic Forum, which is taking place in Geneva this year.

    Because of the risk of the emergence of new virus variants, Israel has shut down all commercial flights, Netanyahu said.

    While the airports are closed, the country will be vaccinating millions in order to “try to win the race between mutation and vaccination,” he added.

    In just one month, Israel has vaccinated over a quarter of its 9.3 million people and is on pace to inoculate the entire adult population by March.

    At the same time, it has one of the developing world’s highest rates of infection, with some 8,000 new cases detected each day.

    This week it tightened a month-old lockdown by closing its international airport to nearly all flights.

    The Israeli Health Ministry has recorded over 610,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and at least 4,493 deaths from the disease since the start of the pandemic last year.

    Bloomberg Quicktake: Now YouTube Channel

    Got a comment? Leave your thoughts in the comments section, below. Please note comments are moderated before publication.

    In This Story: COVID-19

    Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

    Symptoms of coronavirus

    The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

    • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
    • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
    • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

    Latest News about Covid-19

    Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.

    5 Recent Items: COVID-19

  • Two Sydney supermarkets become delivery hub, Queensland’s COVID-19 outbreak soars | 9 News Australia
  • YTL Corp. to Focus on Expanding in Southeast Asia: Yeoh
  • 30 years of China-ASEAN ties: What’s next?
  • New sanitary measures mandated in France amid fourth wave of Covid-19 • FRANCE 24 English
  • WA detects possible positive COVID-19 case in FIFO worker | Coronavirus | 9 News Australia
  • In This Story: Israel

    Israel, a Middle Eastern country on the Mediterranean Sea, is regarded by Jews, Christians and Muslims as the biblical Holy Land. Its most sacred sites are in Jerusalem. Within its Old City, the Temple Mount complex includes the Dome of the Rock shrine, the historic Western Wall, Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Israel’s financial hub, Tel Aviv, is known for its Bauhaus architecture and beaches. 

    2 Recent Items: Israel

  • Coronavirus pandemic: More countries announcing booster shot campaigns • FRANCE 24 English
  • Israel’s top court delays decision on evictions of Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah
  • In This Story: Lockdown

    During the 2020 Covid-19 epidemic, lockdown has come to mean the practice of attempting to control transmission of the virus by means of restricting people’s movement and activities on a broad scale, usually on a national or state-wide basis.

    3 Recent Items: Lockdown

  • Queensland Police ramp up COVID checks in the South East under lockdown | 7NEWS
  • QLD COVID SURGE | Cases at record high across the state | 7NEWS
  • Jim Cramer says these ‘pseudo-lockdown’ stocks will benefit from Wall Street’s latest Covid fears
  • In This Story: World Economic Forum

    The World Economic Forum, based in Cologny, Geneva Canton, Switzerland, is an international NGO, founded in 1971. The WEF’s mission is stated as “committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas”.

    3 Recent Items: World Economic Forum

  • America’s aging infrastructure lags well behind other countries’
  • US recovery shows bitcoin is not good use for ransomware, says Slow Ventures’ Jill Carlson
  • How the Global Workforce Is Changing
  • Leave a Comment