- Three Israeli citizens who were on this ship which were diagnosed with the virus will remain in Japan to receive treatment.
- So far, no cases of Coronavirus have been located in Israel.
- The Israeli Minister of Health has banned the entry of non-nationals to Israel who have visited China, Macau, Singapore, Hong Kong or Thailand in the last two weeks.
Israel has joined the nations of the world to take precautions against the spread of Coronavirus in their land. Twelve Israeli citizens on the Diamond Princess ship in Japan will return to Israel on a private airplane. When they arrive in Israel they will be placed in quarantine and immediately sent to Tel Shomer hospital in Tel Aviv.
The quarantine will be for two weeks. Three Israeli citizens who were on this ship which were diagnosed with the virus will remain in Japan to receive treatment. Israelis returning from other ports in Asia— China, Macau, Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand— will will be required to be examined for two weeks on arrival to determine if they have had contact with the virus.
So far, no cases of Coronavirus have been located in Israel. Many Israelis throughout the whole year travel to Thailand. It is one of the most popular vacation resorts. Tourists from Thailand coming to Israel have been requested both by Israel and by Thailand not to travel. Also, the Singaporean consulate has been told by Israel about these precautions. Israel is the first country in the world to announce closure of its borders and quarantine from Singapore.
El Al airlines is most affected by cancellations of reservations for flights to many countries in Asia, including those flights which have been completely cancelled to China, Hong Kong, and maybe even Thailand. Many tourists in these countries, including diplomats and representatives of the Chief Rabbinate, will need a two-week quarantine when they return to Israel.
Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar will be forced to self-quarantine when he returns from Singapore. Another major Rabbinical figure in Israel, Rabbi Zamir Cohen, visiting Singapore together with a girl’s seminar, has been informed of these precautions when they will return back home.
The Israeli Minister of Health, Yaakov Litzman, has banned the entry of non-nationals to Israel who have visited China, Macau, Singapore, Hong Kong or Thailand in the last two weeks. Litzman is being blasted for his response to the virus, which may damage relations between Israel and these countries, especially Singapore and Thailand. Israel is the first to introduce these precautions, even for those that have not developed any symptoms of the virus.
The virus has killed another 98 people in the past day, bringing the total deaths to 1868. The total cases of the virus grows each day, to reach to a figure of 59,869. The head of the hospital in Wuhan died of the disease, becoming the second prominent doctor killed by the virus. Outside China there are 827 cases in 16 countries and regions and five deaths.
U.S. President Donald Trump, in a public message, sent his condolences to China, and mentioned that there is a possibility that the virus may slow down when the weather changes in China. Work is being done to find a cure for the disease similar to the treatment for HIV.