One and a half thousand Hasidic pilgrims who returned from Ukraine were diagnosed with coronavirus. Some of them, 205 people, are suspected of buying fake certificates.
Over the past weekend in Israel, COVID was detected in 1,700 residents of the country who returned from abroad. Of these, 1,439 are Hasidim pilgrims who visited Ukraine to celebrate Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year), NEWSru reports with reference to the Israeli Ministry of Health. More than two hundred infected are suspected of fake tests.
At the same time, about 2,000 Israelis remained in Ukraine due to positive tests for COVID. Now they will be in quarantine and only after recovery will they return home.
Hasidim annually come to Uman for Rosh Hashanah to celebrate the holiday and pray at the grave of the founder of Bratslav Hasidism, Rabbi Nachman, who lived in the 18th – 19th centuries. This year, 23,000 pilgrims came to the Ukrainian city, and last year, due to anti-epidemic measures on COVID-19, not everyone was able to fulfill their intentions.