Second Israeli tests positive for coronavirus in Israel

An Israeli man who returned to the country from northern Italy earlier this week tested positive for the coronavirus and will be transferred to quarantine at the Sheba Medical Center, Israel’s Health Ministry announced on Thursday.

On Friday, the Health Ministry said that the man’s wife was also diagnosed with the virus and is now in isolation.

On Thursday afternoon, reports emerged that an Israeli residing in the area of the Coastal Plain had violated the quarantine he is under and went to visit family members. The court in response criticized the police for failing to bring the man to a hearing on his case and releasing him without restrictions.

The Health Ministry has notified the public of different spots where the man stayed. Anyone who was near these areas, at least two meters away and for 15 minutes or longer, is required to immediately enter a house quarantine for 14 days and report to the Health Ministry:

El Al flight LY381, which departed from Israel on February 21 at 6 A.M.

El Al flight LY382, which landed in Israel on February 23 at 4:10 P.M.

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The ‘Red Pirate’ store in Or Yehuda, February 23 between 6 P.M. and 10 P.M.

The ‘Red Pirate’ store in Or Yehuda, February 24 between 8:30 A.M. and midnight

The ‘Red Pirate’ store in Or Yehuda, February 25 between 8:30 A.M. and midnight

The Irus synagogue at the Irus community, February 24 between 6 A.M. and 7 A.M.

Following the outbreak of the coronavirus in Italy, Israel’s national airline carrier El Al announced that it would suspend starting Friday all the flights scheduled to head there from the Ben-Gurion Airport. In addition, all flights to Thailand will be cancelled starting Monday.

Meanwhile, Israel’s Education Ministry announced that it has decided to nix all the student delegations that were supposed to travel abroad; it has also determined that requests to establish new delegations will not be approved.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited a special Magen David Adom emergency services station that was set up especially to handle civilians’ inquiries pertaining to the virus. During his visit, the premier called on the public to cooperate in order to prevent the spread of the disease in the country. “Whoever has returned from any country in the world and seems to be carrying symptons of the virus – Magen David Adom will send paramedics to his house to test them for it,” Netanyahu said.

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