Sumary of Israel to prosecute Hasidic pilgrims who faked negative Covid tests to fly home:
- Israel says it will prosecute dozens of pilgrims returning from Ukraine who flew back into the country with fake negative Covid test results.
- Israel’s Magen David Adom medical service told the Jerusalem Post that up to 14% of those returning had tested positive for Covid.
- The medical service, which had set up testing centres in Uman and at the airport in Kyiv, said 2,000 pilgrims coming back from the Ukrainian city had tested positive for Covid.
- The service had sent a team of more than 100 medics and paramedics to Uman at the request of the Israeli government to help test the pilgrims.
- The Israeli border and immigration service said it had received information that dozens of people who tested positive in Ukraine had boarded planes with false negative tests.
- The scandal comes at a sensitive time in Israel, which hoped that the latest wave of the Covid pandemic, driven by the Delta variant, had been brought under control.
- According to reports in Israeli media, pilgrims who had received positive Covid tests at crowded testing centres in Uman before returning home were later approached with offers of forged documents for their journey.