Israel’s Health Ministry has directed that any Israelis returning from Japan, China, Hong Kong, Thailand or Macau must remain in isolation for 14 days as a precautionary measure against the spread of coronavirus, Israeli media reported on Wednesday. To date, 1,600 Israelis have been quarantined due to possible exposure to the virus.
The isolation can take place either at home or at a medical facility.
Tel Aviv has the highest number of potential cases at 102, followed by Haifa with 97, Jerusalem with 77 and Rishon Letzion with 62, the report said. Most of those in quarantine were returning from Thailand.
A high-profile figure among those in isolation is Health Ministry deputy director-general Itamar Grotto, who has been in isolation since returning from Japan, where he visited Israelis hospitalized with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.