As Coronavirus continues to spread rapidly across the globe. There have been more than 80,000 cases and nearly 3,000 deaths from the world Health Organization WHO. With six continents infected, experts are predicting that it’s a matter of “when” not “if” major population centers will be impacted. Harvard epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch said he believes that 40 to 70 percent of people around the world will be infected with the virus
However, Israel’s Health Ministry announced on Thursday February 27 2020, that an Israeli who returned home from Italy on Sunday has contracted the coronavirus.
The person is to be kept in quarantine at Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv.
Meanwhile, the ministry released details of the flight on which the Israeli had traveled home: El Al 382, which landed at Ben Gurion International Airport on Sunday at 4:10 p.m.
It should be noted that Israelis coming back home from Italy will need to stay at home in a secluded area like about fourteen days.
Following the unexpected spread of the coronavirus around the world, the Israeli Ministry of Health has issued new guidelines to the public, along with a travel warning for Italy, where hundreds of cases of the virus have been recorded and several deaths have been caused by the epidemic.
Israel’s Ministry of Health stated that “the government has issued a comprehensive travel warning for Italy and in view of the spread of the disease there – we urge residents of Israel not to travel to Italy.”
Foreign Ministry in Italy is asking Israeli government for clarification over why a comprehensive ban has been imposed on travel to that country, reports Israeli Kan public broadcasting.
As part of the emergency, the Israeli Health Ministry has called on all Israelis to think twice before traveling to any country this time.
United with Israel Staff said “the Ministry of Health’s assessment is that there is a high chance that coronavirus has spread in other regions of Europe and in many other parts of the world, and therefore, the Ministry of Health is urging the public to consider the need for travel anywhere abroad, beyond the obligation for a 14 -day quarantine for those returning from countries in Asia.”
Meanwhile, an Israeli has recovered from coronavirus after being flown to Israel from Japan and placed under quarantine, Sheba reported Thursday.
According to the source “the patient had become infected while on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship and was infected with the virus during the quarantine period imposed by the Japanese government.”
Interestingly, the patient has now tested negative for the deadly coronavirus and is expected to have fully recovered from the virus, but the hospital says that it will run another checks to confirm the patient has truly get well.