📌Fake #COVID19 tests likely used by over 150 people to board flights home after a pilgrimage—Israeli police investigating.
Offenders could be charged with fraud, forgery and spreading disease—criminal offenses that can lead to 5 year prison sentences.🧵
2) About 25,000 to 30,000 Israelis, most of them male Hasidic Jews, traveled to celebrate the Jewish New Year. Israel’s Health Ministry found that dozens of them had arrived back in 🇮🇱 infected with the virus despite carrying documents indicating that they had tested negative.
3) Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s office said in a statement that it “views with utmost gravity” the entry of people with forged documents, “willfully spreading a disease,” adding that severe action would be taken against offenders.
4) Israel is one of the world’s most vaccinated countries, but its #COVID19 caseload recently spiked to a pandemic high. Cases have dropped sharply over the past 10 days, which officials attribute to their rollout of booster shots to about a third of the population of 9 million.
5) “Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis, a senior official in Israel’s Ministry of Health, told public radio that there were at least 1,500 verified cases among the more than 17,000 pilgrims who returned to from Ukraine on Thursday and Friday.” ➡️ 9% infected! 👀
6) The Ministry of Public Security said on Sunday that at least 154 of the recent arrivals had been summoned by the police for questioning after the end of their 10-day period of home quarantine.
7) Magen David Adom, Israel’s ambulance service, had set up two sites in Ukraine in cooperation with the Ukrainian Red Cross to offer rapid molecular tests for the returnees. Negative results would allow them to board flights home….
8) The problem was that some who tested positive “hid” their results, and acquired fraudulent negative PCR test results elsewhere. Some of those travelers canceled their direct flights back to Israel, aware that Magen David Adom would have passed their names on to the airlines.
9) Instead, they arrived in Israel via connecting flights.
But the names of all those who had tested positive at the two sites in Ukraine were also known to Israel’s immigration authorities, enabling those travelers to be identified on arrival.
10) Israel in any case does not rely on tests carried out abroad and anybody landing in Israel is tested before leaving the airport. ➡️ we need this in more countries. Negative COVID test screening needed upon arrival!

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💡AMAZING BOOSTER DATA—New study shows 3rd shot has 91% efficacy (11x ⬇️lower risk) against #DeltaVariant infection versus 2 shots (>=5 months earlier) among age 60+. Plus, 3rd shot has ~95% efficacy (19.5x ⬇️lower risk) against severe disease!🧵 #COVID19 nejm.org/doi/full/10.10… Image
2) moreover. The enhanced booster effects begin being apparent after day 12, increasing higher effects starting even day 10 after the shot perhaps.
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2) “The mean overall population immunity was 62.0% (CrI, 58.4% to 66.4%). Adults aged 65 years or older were estimated to have the highest immunity level (77.2% [CrI, 76.2% to 78.6%])…”
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3) Ironically sad— “Davy was a labor and **delivery nurse** at Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center. Daniel taught **math** at Jehue Middle School in the Rialto Unified School District.”
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