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Health Ministry Director General Prof Nachman Ash announces that Israelis who test positive for COVID will only have to quarantine for seven days, up from 10, provided the last three of those seven days are asymptomatic .

Ash says that in tests the ministry has carried out in recent weeks on Omicron patients, only 6% showed signs of the live virus seven days after being infected.

However, if symptoms persist throughout the week, patients must complete 10 full days of quarantine.

The policy change is expected to take effect at midnight between Wednesday and Thursday.

“We will not force people to stay in quarantine longer than necessary, in order to protect their health as well as the economy, education, culture and to continue normal life as much as possible alongside COVID,” said said Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz.

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