Isreal order returnees to self-quarantine over coronavirus fears

Israel stepped up efforts Monday to protect the nation from the deadly novel coronavirus.

Every Israeli citizens coming back from abroad have been requested to self-quarantine at home for about fourteen days, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a video message posted on his Twitter account.

Foreigners coming to Israel will likewise be required to give the location where they will remain in quarantine for 14 days or they won’t be permitted to enter the country.

The order will come into force Thursday for foreigners.

– Number of cases increases

Three additional Israelis were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, bringing the nation’s total to 42, the Ministry of Health said Monday

Two of them came from Switzerland and another came back from Spain.

A week ago, Netanyahu called on Israelis coming back from France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and Austria to stay in quarantine for 14 days and the entry of foreigners from these nations was banned.

The global death toll from COVID-19 is around 3,800 with more than 110,000 affirmed cases, as indicated by the World Health Organization (WHO).

As part of efforts to contain the outbreak, governments have shut borders and suspended land and air travel with the worst-hit nations, including China, Iran and Italy.

In the wake of declaring the outbreak an international health emergency in January, the WHO a month ago updated the global risk level to “very high.”