Health Ministry: Israelis Returning From France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and Austria to Be Quarantined

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Health Minister Rabbi Yaakov Litzman hold a press conference about the coronavirus at the Health Ministry in Yerushalayim on Wednesday. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Speaking Wednesday at the Health Ministry Wednesday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned that coronavirus had become a global epidemic as he announced new protective measures against the disease.

“We are in the midst of a global epidemic. Israel’s situation is good because we were prepared,” Netanyahu said, sitting alongside Health Minister Raabi Yaakov Litzman.

Netanyahu announced that the Health Ministry has decided that any Israeli returning from France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain or Austria will join the 14-day quarantine.

Netanyahu also warned Israeli citizens not to shake hands.

Health Minister Raabi Yaakov Litzman has advised not to hold events with over 5,000 attendees.

Israel has confirmed 15 coronavirus cases in all and ordered several thousand people into home quarantine after possible exposure.