With 76 Corona Cases, Israeli Ministry of Health Expands Restrictions
As the police sets up teams to make sure potential carriers stay at home, gatherings of over 2,000 have been forbidden
CTech | 09:35 11.03.2020
The number of overall coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in Israel has risen to 76 as of Wednesday morning, despite three patients already recovering. Of the active cases, 63 are hospitalized, seven are currently being processed at hospitals, and three are at home. Patient number 71, a man in his sixties that was confirmed to be carrying the virus Tuesday, became the second coronavirus case in Israel with an unknown origin of infection. Among the newly sick is a nine-year-old who recently returned from Madrid. Tuesday evening, the Ministry of Health tightened previous restrictions limiting gatherings, reducing the cap of 5,000 people to just 2,000. The number is subject to change as the situation evolves, the ministry said. People displaying symptoms are forbidden from visiting nursing homes or accompanying patients of any kind, and the general public is encouraged to limit visits to hospitalized people and the elderly. Monday at 8 p.m., all Israelis returning to the country are required to enter a 14-day quarantine at home. Tourists are only allowed to enter if they can prove they are able to seclude themselves. As a result, Israel Railways Ltd. announced it will shut down the Ben Gurion International Airport station as of Wednesday morning.