The Health Ministry has imposed stricter regulations that define the offense of an attempt by a person who returns to Israel after visiting a “red” country to avoid the duty to self-isolate by issuing a false statement.

According to recent figures by the Population and Immigration Authority, every day some 50 people who return to Israel after visiting a “red” country try to dodge the duty to self-isolate by issuing a false statement saying they did not visit a country that is defined as “red” due to a high coronavirus infection rate.

“No one can make a decision that risks the lives of other people. There are rules, and they must be followed, because with everything that is related to the coronavirus – we are facing the unknown. We know isolation helps, and we do not want to reach another lockdown,” said Health Ministry official MK Haim Katz.