The Israeli government has mandated a 14 days self-quarantine on people coming into the country from abroad to prevent the spread of coronavirus (Covid2019).
Speaking in a video address posted to Twitter, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said “All those coming to Israel from abroad will be placed in isolation,”
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Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said the measure would be effective immediately for all Israelis returning to the country.
It will apply to foreign citizens from Thursday, he added.
The move means that foreign arrivals will have to prove that they have adequate accommodation to be quarantined during their stay in the country.
Also speaking in a statement mr Netanyahu said “After a day of complex discussions, we made a decision: everyone who comes to Israel from abroad will enter the 14-day isolation,” “This is a tough decision, but it is essential to maintain public health – and public health precedes everything.”
He added that the ruling would be valid for two weeks.
The measure means that about 268,000 Israelis who are currently abroad would need to quarantine themselves on their return, Israeli media report.
Israel, a country with a population of about nine million, has so far recorded 42 cases of Covid-19, but no deaths.
The country has already imposed restrictions on travellers arriving from several countries including Italy, the worst-hit European country.
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