Israel to ban all passenger flights in effort to stem spread of coronavirus.

Passengers wait in a departure hall at the Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, April 21, 2013.

Passengers wait in a departure hall at the Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, April 21, 2013.

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Israel on Sunday decided to ban incoming and outgoing passenger flights from Monday at 22:00GMT until the end of January in order to stop the spread of COVID-19 and new coronavirus strains, Israel’s Haaretz news website reported.

To date, Israel has seen 595,097 cases and 4,361 deaths associated with the virus, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.

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