Israeli Prime Minister Bennett tests positive for COVID

Israeli cabinet meeting in Jerusalem
FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett attends a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister’s office in Jerusalem March 27, 2022. Abir Sultan/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

March 28, 2022

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has tested positive for COVID-19 but is feeling fine and will work while self-isolating at home, his office said on Monday.

The news came hours after Bennett, who had been vaccinated against the coronavirus and received a booster dose, visited the scene of a shooting in the Israeli city of Hadera where two Arab gunmen killed two police officers before being shot dead.

“This morning the Prime Minister will make an assessment … of last night’s attack,” Bennett’s office added in a statement.

Attendees would include defense and homeland security ministers, the military chief of staff and the national police chief, he added

Bennett met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Jerusalem on Sunday.

The prime minister, who turned 50 on Friday, has been a vocal supporter of vaccinations and masking while avoiding lockdowns as Israel battles the pandemic.

(Reporting by Jeffrey Heller; Editing by Maayan Lubell and Clarence Fernandez) Israeli Prime Minister Bennett tests positive for COVID

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