• Israel In Grips Of 'New Outbreak' As Delta Variant Cases Rise
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett speaks to media at Ben Gurion Int'l Airport in Lod. (Photo: Reuters-Yonhap)

Israel is in the grip of a "new outbreak" of the coronavirus after a spike in cases in the past week, most of them minors with the highly infectious Delta variant of COVID-19.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Tuesday that an initial decision had been made to treat the current situation like a new outbreak with the aim of severing it.

After touring the country's main international airport, Bennett said masks would be mandatory in Ben Gurion Airport and there would be more stringent testing of incoming travelers.

He also called on Israelis to avoid all non-essential summer travel abroad.

Israel's Health Ministry reported 125 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, the highest daily number since late April.

More than 55 percent of the country's 9.3 million citizens have received two vaccine doses, but Bennett said several of the new cases reported were in vaccinated individuals.

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