Dubai: Israel apologised to the UAE after a high official blamed a surge in coronavirus circumstances within the nation to visits to the UAE.
Sharon Alroy-Preis, head of the Well being Ministry’s public well being division, was mentioned to have remarked earlier this week that “in two weeks of peace [with the UAE] extra folks died than in 70 years of battle”, alluding to the sharp rise in COVID-19 circumstances in Israel after journey channels had reopened.
The feedback got here months after the normalisation of ties between the 2 international locations and a rise in vacationer journeys.
Israel’s Channel 13, which reported Alroy-Preis’ feedback, dismissed them as a joke.
Nonetheless, noting that the comment had no foundation in fact in any respect, officers from the Prime Minister’s Workplace apologised to Emirati officers who had reached out for clarification, reported the Walla and Ynet information websites on Thursday.
Hundreds of Israelis have traveled to the UAE since September and final week, Israel opened its embassy within the UAE.
Early in January, Israel noticed an increase in coronavirus circumstances, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed on the brand new UK coronavirus variant. His authorities launched new lockdown measures – together with a closure of the Ben Gurion Airport – for 2 weeks.
Alroy-Preis advised the Knesset on Monday: “The six days that now we have determined to shut Ben Gurion Airport won’t be sufficient. We should prolong the closure by no less than a couple of weeks to purchase time for the vaccination marketing campaign.”
She was then reported blaming journey to the UAE for the rise.