Israel warns its citizens to avoid ALL international journeys about coronavirus fears in unprecedented movements
- Israelis should “generally consider the need to travel abroad,” officials say
- The country has already canceled flights from China and has ordered quarantines
- Israel has confirmed two cases, both linked to the Diamond Princess cruise ship
Israel has urged its citizens to reconsider travel abroad to control the outbreak of the corona virus.
The warning from Israel’s health ministry is the strictest advice a country has issued so far on international travel.
Israelis should avoid international conferences and “generally consider the need to travel abroad,” the ministry said.
“The assessment is that there is a good chance that the disease has already spread to other regions of Europe and many other places in the world,” officials say.
Passengers wearing protective masks walk through the arrival hall of Ben Gurion International Airport in Israel, which has now urged people to consider traveling abroad
The Ministry had already instructed Israelis to return from Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Thailand and South Korea to go home for 14 days in seclusion.
Israeli first responders were alert to a coronavirus nerve center yesterday.
According to the emergency services of Magon David Adom, a designated hotline launched on Saturday handled around 6,500 calls per day.
Israel has so far reported two coronavirus infections, both with passengers who had been on the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.
Others are in quarantine, including those who encountered a group of South Korean pilgrims who visited Israel earlier this month and later found the virus.
They include nearly 200 students who were near the South Koreans, who came from February 8 to 15.
Planes at Ben Gurion Airport on the weekend, with Israeli officials warning that the virus is likely to have spread further
A coronavirus response center in the central city of Kiryat Ono must send experts to take samples of Israelis in home quarantine.
“People are anxious and worried. They say they were near the Korean tourists in Beersheba, but not at the same time. We explain that they do not belong to the risk group, “said Yael Arava, a paramedic who is trained to deal with coronavirus.
Anyone who was in contact with the group should quarantine themselves, the health ministry said.
South Korea itself has become an important virus breeding ground, and many cases have been linked to a mysterious religious cult in Daegu.
Seoul has declared the highest “serious” warning level for the virus, with the result that the US and South Korean military have postponed joint exercises.
The United States has 28,500 troops in South Korea to protect it against the nuclear armed north.