Israel’s Health Ministry will expand coronavirus testing, including people who have shown no symptoms of the virus, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein (Likud) declared Sunday evening.
Speaking at a press briefing Sunday, Edelstein called the recent spike in coronavirus infections at a Jerusalem school ‘worrying’, calling it a symptom of a broader problem.
“The spate of infections at the school in Jerusalem is very worrying to us,” said Edelstein, referring to the 134 infections at the Gymnasium school in the capital.
“We are certain that this is symptom of a broader problem that is happening in other places.”
Edelstein did not declare plans to resume the broad lockdowns imposed on Israel in March and April, but did say the Health Ministry’s policy for mass testing would be changed, paving the way for tests of people who have shown no symptoms of the virus.
“Until now we performed tests on people who had been in the vicinity of people who have been confirmed as being infected and who later developed symptoms themselves. But from now on we will expand the tests to include people all across the country, even if they have no symptoms.”
But, Edelstein added, the Health Ministry will not be relaxing its isolation requirements for people who have been in contact with people confirmed as having the coronavirus.
“The quarantine policies won’t be changed.”