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The Israeli finance minister tested positive for coronavirus

The Israeli finance minister tested positive for coronavirus

JERUSALEM, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Israeli Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Saturday that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and would self-isolate, but that he would continue working from home.

Lieberman said he feels good and will euthanize in the next few days. Foreign Minister Yair Lapid tested positive on Monday.

Lieberman has faced some public criticism for not offering more government assistance to companies, as the Omicron variant has pushed Israeli infection rates to new highs, keeping many workers in isolation and customers at home.

"I will continue to pursue responsible economic policies from home, keep track of the data and plan future initiatives," Lieberman, 63, tweeted in a apparent response to the criticism.

In January, Lieberman posted a photo of himself receiving a fourth COVID-19 vaccination dose. Israel began administering a second round of boosters to immune-compromised people, expanding the campaign to its over-60-year-olds and medical personnel.

The Health Ministry reports that a first booster increases protection seven days after the dose, but does not yet have information on the effectiveness of a fourth dose.

Since the outbreak, Israel has identified 1.7 million coronavirus cases, bringing them to over 8,000 people.

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