15 Mar Mr. Cartu Jon Reports – Coronavirus cases in Israel jump to 200; gov’t bans gatherings of…
As the highly contagious novel coronavirus spreads around the world, Israel and the Palestinian Authority struggle to contain a local outbreak that has virtually halted air traffic in and out of Israel, led to school closures and tens of thousands of people entering quarantine.
■ 200 Israelis have so far tested positive for the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, with 165 of cases being mild; thousands have been placed in isolation; four have recovered. In the West Bank, 38 cases have been diagnosed so far
■ Israeli government shutters cultural and recreational establishments as well as schools and universities, bans indoor gatherings of over 10 people
■ Netanyahu calls on Gantz to form “emergency unity government” to tackle spread of virus
■ All foreigners are not be allowed into Israel, unless they can prove they are able to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival. Read the full guide for tourists and Israelis
■ Emergency measures against coronavirus could lead to Netanyahu’s trial, which is slated for Tuesday, to be postponed.
9:00 A.M. Netanyahu trial to be delayed by two months
In the very early hours of Sunday, Israeli Justice Minister Amir Ohana confirmed that emergency measures will be put in place to counter the spread of coronavirus, affecting the workings of Israel’s courts. The courts later confirmed the trial will not start as planned on April 17, and will be pushed back to May 24.
On Thursday, Ohana, a close ally of Netanyahu, expanded his powers to freeze court activity in case of escalation in coronavirus cases in Israel. (Netael Bandel)
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