Israeli prime minister in isolation after daughter tests positive for Covid — Analysis

After his coronavirus test result, the Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet abruptly left Sunday’s cabinet meeting to isolate at home.

The PM left a cabinet meeting in the Golan Heights after it was revealed that his 14-year-old daughter had tested positive for Covid on Sunday, Israeli media reported, citing the prime minister’s office.

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Bennett was negative for the rapid antigen test on Sunday. However, he had to isolate himself at home from his daughter in line with the instructions. Once he has received a negative PCR, he plans to go back to work.

After her daughter was diagnosed with the virus, Yifat Shasha–Biton, Education Minister, also entered quarantine.

One of Bennett’s staffers tested positive for the virus the same day and went into self-isolation. The staffer did not come in contact with the PM, Bennett’s office said.

Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar is convening a cabinet meeting as result of Bennett’s abrupt exit.

In June, Benjamin Netanyahu was replaced by Bennett as Prime Minister as a result a power-sharing deal between several opposition parties.

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