Second Coronavirus Case Diagnosed in Israel

Over 200 residents of Israel who may have been in contact with South Korean nationals who tested positive for the novel coronavirus COVID-19 after returning from the Holy Land are currently in quarantine.

Nine South Korean nationals who visited Israel and the West Bank in February have tested positive for the virus, Israel’s Health Ministry said on Saturday. Israeli health authorities put in home isolation for two weeks anyone who was in close contact with the tourist group.

Israel’s Health Ministry says another Israeli citizen who was aboard the Diamond Princess was diagnosed with coronavirus. The patient had been quarantined in the Sheba Medical Center and contracted the virus while on the cruise ship, according to the ministry.

The Health Ministry has told the city of Tel Aviv not to allow foreign participants to run in the city’s marathon, scheduled for Friday. There are some 3,000 people with foreign citizenship among the 40,000 who have signed up, according to a statement from the city.

The military academy in the West Bank settlement of Har Gilo is not suitable to house South Koreans visiting Israel who are being placed in quarantine over concern that they might be carrying the coronavirus, the Gush Etzion regional council, the local government in the area, said in a statement. Residents of Har Gilo have filed a court action seeking to bar the South Koreans from being quarantined in the settlement.

A physics student at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat-Gan is in isolation at a university dorm after she visited a site in Israel that was visited by a group of South Korean Christian pilgrims, some of whom tested positive for the coronavirus following their return to South Korea. The student had not come in contact with the group and is not experiencing symptoms of the virus, the university added.