Israel’s Foreign Minister Lapid tests positive for Covid

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Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid in a Knesset meeting on December 6, 2021, in Jerusalem
Oliver Fitoussi/Flash90Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid in a Knesset meeting on December 6, 2021, in Jerusalem

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Israel’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid tested positive for Covid on Monday.

The official, who leads the centrist Yesh Atid party, initially entered quarantine after he came into contact with a carrier of the virus - prompting a faction meeting of his political party to be canceled.

"Indeed, I have tested positive for Covid," Lapid announced on his official Twitter account. 

He added that he feels well due to his vaccination status, which offers protection against severe illness from Covid.

"I feel excellent because I'm vaccinated. Go get vaccinated, put on a mask, (and) we'll get through it together."

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Other politicians and officials also tested positive, such as Foreign Ministry Director-General Alon Ushpiz. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was found to be negative for the virus after an antigen test. 

Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu wished Lapid a swift recovery, saying "health is above everything."

This comes as Israel is battling record numbers of daily Covid cases, with the number of serious cases rising above 200 in the current wave.