Turkey has been for years the main travel destination for Israelis. But in these times of a coronavirus pandemic, it can be dangerous.
In fact, of the 988 Israelis who returned from Turkey between October 1 and 28, about 197 tested positive for the coronavirus, according to data from the Health Ministry, the Intellinews website reported. This places Turkey in the first place in terms of the rate of coronavirus infection among Israeli travelers.
Bulgaria came in second with an infection rate of 13%, while the US was third with 6% and Greece fourth with 3%, according to the report.
The coronavirus outbreak in Turkey is said to be out of control as its spread is difficult to measure as the Turkish government refused to report asymptomatic COVID-19 cases.
The death toll in Turkey is over 12,000, with a hospital bed occupancy rate of over 50%.