■ Energy, tourism s fall sharply at the Tel Aviv stock exchange, in keeping with stocks worldwide
Netanyahu exempted U.
Israel’s Health Ministry is considering making more stringent guidelines for social distancing in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, focusing on limits on nonessential gatherings like cultural activities, conferences and sports competitions.
The current guidance allows events with up to 5,000 people, but sources in the health system expect the ministry to issue new guidance that will significantly cut back the ability to hold gatherings. Other dramatic moves being weighed include closing educational institutions and ordering people to work from home.
According to one source familiar with the discussions, these guidelines will be issued soon.
Expanded testing is high on the agenda of health officials. The current rate is about 400 tests per day, while the goal is to test thousands of people per day.
“The number of tests is too low. We don’t have good enough intelligence on the virus in Israel,” a medical professional on one of the teams treating the epidemic said.
“It influences all decisions and guidance to deal with the epidemic. Increasing the number of tests is critical.
” (Ido Efrati)
Israelis wear masks at Ben-Gurion Airport outside Tel Aviv, March 5, 2020. Tomer Applebaum
M. Israel’s 51st virus carrier detected
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The resident of Israel’s south returned from Azerbaijan last week. (Ido Efrati)
M. Virus kills 54 more in Iran; death toll climbs to 291
(The Associated Press)
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Lebanon records first death
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The government has halted flights for non-residents from epicentres of the virus, shut schools and warned against public gatherings as the total number of cases rose to 41 this week.
European airline suspends Israel flights
Flights to and from Tel Aviv and Eilat will be suspended from March 12 until March 23, the company said.
Gulf countries, Egypt report more cases of virus
Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Egypt have recorded more cases of the novel coronavirus. Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry reported five new cases, bringing the total number of infections in the kingdom to 20.
M. Jerusalem Purim events cancelled over concerns about virus
Since my previous opinion piece on the new coronavirus epidemic, there have been significant developments in the global picture, the policies implemented by Israel and the economic and societal implications of these policies, which require a fresh approach to address what the future may bring.
It’s important to note that Israel’s current policy is more extreme than that of most developed nations, including those that have been harder hit by the disease.
Read Zvi Bentwich’s full editorial here
Israel’s CoronaApp exposed users’ medical history to hackers
A major security flaw that allowed hackers to extract confidential medical information of some 75,000 Israeli users was discovered in the Health Ministry’s CoronApp, intended to provide information about coronavirus and allow users to consult with experts and report their quarantine.
Read Ran Bar-Zik’s full report
He had recently returned from Britain and had contact with patients. (Reuters)
Conte told reporters that measures introduced just two days ago in much of the north were no longer sufficient and that they would have to be extended to the whole country from Tuesday. “Stay at home,” Conte said.
A fourth person, a man from Ohio in his 50s, who attended the AIPAC policy conference in Washington last week has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said in a statement released Monday. The three previous cases were diagnosed in New York and Los Angeles.
“This disease will for a period significantly disturb and disrupt our lives,” DeWine said. Ohio has declared an emergency situation to deal with the outbreak.
Israel’s Health Ministry exempted visitors arriving at Rachel Tomb’s on the outskirts of Bethlehem since the passage to the compound is secured and doesn’t require contact with local residents. (Ido Efrati)
Read the full report
Events for Holocaust Rememberance Day, on April 21, and the Memorial Day for Israel’s Fallen Soldiers, on April 28, will be held on a smaller scale than initially planned. (Noa Landau)
Palestinians barred from travelling to Jordan
The Palestinian Authority said on Monday it was barring Palestinians from travelling to neighbouring Jordan through the Israeli-controlled Allenby Bridge crossing, with immediate effect. Foreigners would still be allowed to leave and all entries allowed, the PA said.
Five additional Israelis have tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 49. One of them returned from Spain and is in moderate condition, and the remaining four were in close contact with other confirmed patients.
The order for foreigners who can prove they have adequate accommodations to be quarantined during their stay in the country will go into effect as of 8 P.M.
Starting Thursday, foreign nationals arriving to an international border crossing will be permitted entry into Israel, provided that they can demonstrate their ability to enter home quarantine in Israel.
Tourists currently in Israel will be given time arrange their exit from Israel in the coming days.
Until their departure, they must adhere to follow the following rules:
If they develop any symptoms, they must immediately call Magen David Adom (Israel’s national medical emergency services) Take care to maintain good hygiene practises Avoid, as much as possible, large crowds Note that it will not be possible to exit to neighbouring countries and then return to Israel Document the course of their travels in Israel
Anyone who has returned to Israel from abroad in the previous 14 days, and who is not already under home quarantine as stipulated by the Health Ministry is not obligated to enter home quarantine. This applies so long as they don’t develop symptoms of the disease, in which case home quarantine with immediate effect is ordered.
All those currently under home quarantine stipulated by previous instructions by the Health Ministry are to continue their quarantine to the completion of 14 days following their return to Israel. (Noa Landau)
M. Iraq calls on citizens to avoid visiting sacred cities and sites
The decision comes after Israel first considered adding some U.
The total number of cases in Israel now stands at 41. (Ido Efrati)
M. Cyprus confirms first two cases
Both patients – males – had travelled from abroad. The first case involved a 25-year-old man who had returned from northern Italy and the second, the health professional, a 64-year-old who returned from Britain on March 3.
Following a meeting with Health Ministry officials, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would make a decision later Monday on whether to expand quarantines for returning Israeli citizens and banned entry for foreigners later Monday. (Noa Landau)
S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued special guidance on Monday that colleges and universities should consider asking students studying abroad to return to the United States and cancel or postpone upcoming travel in light of the coronavirus spread.
“Those overseeing student international travel programs should be aware that students may face unpredictable circumstances, travel restrictions, challenges in returning home or accessing health care while abroad,” the CDC said in its guidance. “All plans for returning study abroad students should be designed to protect participants from stigma and discrimination.
M. Bennett says no drastic measures to close West Bank for now
Defense Minister Naftali Bennett says at this point, there will be no extensive closures of the Palestinian territories.
Bethlehem, which has reported cases of the virus, will remain closed.
Fourteen Nazareth teachers quarantined
M. PA: Six more cases reported
The Israeli military released a statement Monday saying that 1,237 of its soldiers, who had traveled abroad and returned to Israel, are currently in quarantine. It added that 301 soldiers have finished their isolation period and returned to their units.
The Education Ministry instructed the Max Rayne Bilingual School in Jerusalem to close, as many of its students are Bethlehem residents. The West Bank city has reported rising numbers of coronavirus diagnoses.
Already with the highest number of coronavirus cases in the Middle East, Iranian government officials have warned over the weekend that the number could spike to over 450,000, warning that many of the patients might die. Iran’s worsening situation has isolated the country far beyond what the American sanctions against Tehran sought to achieve, as Iranian nationals are barred from entering Turkey and Gulf states, and are subject to harsh restrictions upon their entry to Iraq.
Read Zvi Bar’el’s full analysis here
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Bethlehem cases rise to 20
The Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian Health Ministry in Ramallah have reported that the number of those diagnosed with coronavirus in the Bethlehem area has risen to 20, up from 19 on Sunday. (Jack Khoury)
M. Netanyahu starts conference call with European leaders about response to crisis
Tel Aviv stock market tumbles
The Tel Aviv stock market followed the global trend, experiencing major losses at opening on Monday morning. (Asa Sasson)
M. Catastrophic opening on Mideast stock markets as oil prices suffer worst losses since start of 1991 Gulf War over virus
State oil giant Saudi Aramco dropped by 10% on Riyadh’s Tadawul stock exchange at opening on Monday, forcing a halt to Aramco’s trading.
Tadawul remained open, but Boursa Kuwait shut down within 30 minutes of opening as stocks again dropped by 10%, the third such emergency halt to trading in recent days.
The Dubai Financial Market saw stocks drop by 8.
5% in a steep selloff as it opened. The Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange dropped by over 7%.
According to Health Ministry officials talking off the record on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s associates pressured them to walk back any quarantine planned for Israelis returning from the three hardest-hit U.
But Netanyahu pulled back from making either move, deciding, instead, not to decide, and in the process hurting the government’s credibility.
Read Allison Kaplan Sommer’s full story here
A 69-year-old resident of northern Israel who had been diagnosed with the coronavirus has been transferred from home quarantine to an isolated room in the Bnai Zion Medical Center in Haifa. The patient had returned to Israel from Spain.
A member of Israel’s embassy staff in Athens was put in isolation on Monday. He was diagnosed after travelling on a flight of Greek pilgrims, some of whome were known to carry the virus.
Israel issued new guidelines for people travelling on buses and trains. People will now be expected not to sit in the front row in local buses, in order to avoid prolonged contact with drivers, while standing will be forbidden on intercity coaches.
Commuters were invited to ventilate carriages as much as possible by opening windows. Israel’s buses and trains are normally air conditioned.
The March of the Living, which commemorates the victims of the Holocaust, bringing thousands to the site of the Auschwitz extermination camp in Poland, and Israel the day after, has cancelled the annual event, which has taken place every year since 1988.
Shmuel Rosenman, who chairs the body organizing the event, said the event had been postponed after consulting with health officials. “Our primary concern is the health of the many participants and the Holocaust survivors who would be joining them.
Given that this is an international event involving 110 delegations from around the world, we have a responsibility to take precautionary measures in accordance with the guidelines given by authorities in various countries,” he said in a statement.
The event was slated to take place on April 21.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Congressman Paul Gosar from Arizona announced they were going into self-quarantine on Sunday after they interacted with a person who tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
They reported having had close contact with a person known to be infected with COVID-19 at CPAC, an annual gathering of conservative activists and politicians which President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence also attended.
S. news outlet Washington Post reported on Monday he had shaken hands with the head of CPAC, who had himself been in contact with the infected man.
The White House said the president had not shown any symptoms. (Agencies)
East Jerusalem Parents’ Association wants schools closed
The East Jerusalem Parents’ Association called on parents to keep children at home to reduce the risk of them contracting the virus. (Nir Hasson)
M. Foreigners coming from Egypt will not be allowed into Israel
Interior Minister Arye Dery announced that anyone who has been in Egypt in the past two weeks and is not an Israeli citizen or resident will be prevented from entering Israel.
The ban will take effect immediately, he said. (Ido Efrati)
“The American tourists will leave either later this evening or tomorrow morning,” said Ibrahim Melhem, a spokesman for the Palestinian government.
Read the full story here
The Health Ministry said that a 60-year-old man from Jerusalem has been confirmed as the 28th case of coronavirus in Israel. The man, who was in contact with a tourist from France, is currently in home quarantine.
Israeli is 27th virus carrier identified
26th Israeli virus carrier identified
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