US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday that every person entering Israel will be quarantined for two weeks from now on in order to avoid an outbreak of the new Coronavirus in the country.
“After a day of difficult discussions, we made a decision: All those arriving in Israel from abroad will be placed in stone for 14 days,” Netanyahu said in a video posted on his Twitter account.
He added, “This decision will remain in effect for two weeks,” noting that “decisions will be taken to support the Israeli economy.”
And the Israeli authorities imposed restrictions on travelers coming from Italy, the largest home to the epidemic after China, as well as from other countries, including France.
So far, the number of people infected with the virus in the Hebrew state has reached 42, according to the latest toll announced by the Israeli authorities.
For its part, the Palestinian authorities confirmed that 25 people were infected with Covid-19 in the Palestinian Territories and declared a state of health emergency on March 5 for a period of 30 days.
These restrictions come on travelers coming to Israel a month before the Jewish Passover, which falls this year on April 8.
Usually tens of thousands of Jews from all over the world travel to Israel to celebrate this religious holiday.
Since the outbreak of the new Coronavirus last December, 113,255 infections have been recorded in 101 countries and territories, of whom 3,964 people have died, according to a survey compiled by AFP at 5:00 GMT on Monday, according to official figures.
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