© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A aged lady receives a booster shot of her vaccination in opposition to the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) at an assisted dwelling facility, in Netanya, Israel January 19, 2021. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel introduced on Tuesday that it’s going to provide a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to folks older than 60, amid concern in regards to the unfold of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

A Well being Ministry knowledgeable panel really useful the fourth shot, a call that was swiftly welcomed by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett as “nice information that can assist us overcome the Omicron wave that’s spreading all over the world.”

Though the choice is pending formal approval by senior well being officers, Bennett urged Israelis to get the dose as quickly as attainable, saying: “My message is – don’t waste time, go get vaccinated.”The choice follows the primary recognized demise in Israel of a affected person with the Omicron variant. An Israeli hospital on Tuesday confirmed the demise however stated he had suffered from a variety of severe pre-existing circumstances.

The Soroka Medical Middle in Beersheba stated the person, in his 60s, died on Monday, two weeks after he was admitted to the coronavirus ward.

A hospital assertion stated the affected person suffered from quite a lot of severe diseases. “His morbidity stemmed primarily from pre-existing sicknesses and never from respiratory an infection arising from the coronavirus,” it stated.

On Tuesday, the Well being Ministry stated there have been no less than 340 recognized circumstances of Omicron in Israel.

Israel has already this week expanded a journey ban to nations together with america, Germany, Italy, Turkey and Canada to attempt to curb the unfold of the virus.

Bennett’s workplace stated it had additionally authorised decreasing workplace attendance by 50% for public sector workers to encourage extra distant work.

And Defence Minister Benny Gantz ordered the army’s Homefront Command to organize for the eventuality of 5,000 new circumstances per day, his workplace stated.

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