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Mar 10, 2020
9:33AM

Israel extends Coronavirus quarantine orders to all arrivals

PTI
In the wake of the spread of coronavirus worldwide, Israel will impose a two-week quarantine on all travellers entering the country. This was stated by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday, toughening already significant travel restrictions. Netanyahu said in a video broadcast on his Twitter account that after a day of difficult discussions, they have taken a decision.

All those coming to Israel from abroad will be placed in isolation for 14 days. This is a difficult decision but it is essential to maintaining public health, which takes precedence over everything, he added.
He noted that the measure would be implemented for two weeks and promised steps to support the Israeli economy.

Israel had already imposed major restrictions on travellers arriving from several countries.

On Wednesday, the Jewish state had barred entry to almost all non-residents arriving from France, Germany, Spain, Austria and Switzerland, declaring that arrivals from those nations could only enter if they could prove they had a place to stay in quarantine.

Those measures had come on top of restrictions previously imposed on arrivals from mainland China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Macau, South Korea, Japan and Italy.

Israel has so far recorded 50 confirmed coronavirus cases.

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