Three More Israelis Test Positive for Coronavirus, Bringing Total Up to 10

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Israeli Paramedics of Maguen David Adom at the coronavirus national operations center, in the central Israeli city of Kiryat Ono on February 26, 2020.
Israeli Paramedics of Magen David Adom, February 24, 2020. Credit: Magen David Adom

Three more Israelis were diagnosed with the coronavirus, the Health Ministry announced Monday, bringing the number of Israelis to test positive for the virus up to 10. 

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The three are experiencing mild symptoms, and have been transferred to a quarantined ward in Sheba Medical Center in central Israel. 

Two of the three are relatives who returned from Italy and did not contract the virus in Israel. The Health Ministry says that they took easyJet flight EJ2564 on Saturday, February 22, from Tel Aviv to Milan, which landed at 1 P.M. They returned from Milan to Tel Aviv on El Al flight LY290 on Thursday, February 27, which landed at 2:30 P.M. and immediately entered a home quarantine in southern Israel.  

Travelers who took those flights are requested to quarantine themselves in their homes according to Health Ministry directives.
The 10th coronavirus patient is a soldier from Or Yehuda who had contact with a person who was diagnosed with the illness. 

The Health Ministry has added the soldier's movements to the list of places where those diagnosed with the illness have passed through, found at the bottom of this article, and asked those who have visited these locations at these times to report to the ministry and immediately enter a 14-day home quarantine. 

On Friday, an Israeli man who returned from Italy a week earlier was diagnosed with the coronavirus and was transferred to quarantine, the Health Ministry said, making him the seventh Israeli to test positive for the virus.

Two other Israelis who returned from Italy last week tested positive on Friday, in addition to one traveler's spouse, who contracted the virus in Israel. 

Following the outbreak of the coronavirus in Italy, Israel's national airline carrier El Al announced that it would suspend starting Friday all the flights scheduled to head there from the Ben-Gurion Airport. In addition, all flights to Thailand will be cancelled starting Monday.

Meanwhile, Israel's Education Ministry announced that it has decided to nix all the student delegations that were supposed to travel abroad; it has also determined that requests to establish new delegations will not be approved. 

Earlier it was reported that an Israeli who was on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship off the coast of Japan returned to Israel on Friday, where he was diagnosed as ill with the virus and was also put in quarantine.

The man was initially hospitalized in Japan, but upon his release and return to the country he had been tested positive for the virus. The man flew to Israel via a commercial flight of Turkish Airlines from Tokyo through Istanbul and then to Tel Aviv. All the passengers who were with him on board flight TK53 and then TK84, which landed in Israel at 08:55 A.M., are requested to immediately enter a house quarantine of 14 days and report immediately to the Health Ministry. 

The first two to be diagnosed in Israel arrived from Japan and were passengers aboard the Diamond Princess. Upon the discovery of the virus, they were both put in quarantine at Sheba as well. One of them has since recovered and was released.

On Thursday afternoon, reports emerged that an Israeli residing in the area of the Coastal Plain had violated the quarantine he is under and went to visit family members. The court in response criticized the police for failing to bring the man to a hearing on his case and releasing him without restrictions. 

On Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited a special Magen David Adom emergency services station that was set up especially to handle civilians' inquiries pertaining to the virus. During his visit, the premier called on the public to cooperate in order to prevent the spread of the disease in the country. "Whoever has returned from any country in the world and seems to be carrying symptoms of the virus — Magen David Adom will send paramedics to his house to test them for it," Netanyahu said.

The Health Ministry has notified the public of different spots where people who tested positive for the virus had stayed. Anyone who was near these areas for 15 minutes or longer, is required to immediately enter a house quarantine for 14 days and report to the Health Ministry: 

February 21: El Al flight LY381 from Tel Aviv to Milan, landing at 6 A.M. 

February 22: easyJet flight U2 4849 from Napoli to Tel Aviv, landing at 6 P.M. ; easyJet flight EJ2564 from Tel Aviv to Milan, landing at 1 P.M. 

February 23: El Al flight LY382 from Milan to Tel Aviv, landing at 4:10 P.M. ; The 'Red Pirate' store in Or Yehuda, February 23 between 6 P.M. and 10 P.M. 

February 24: The 'Red Pirate' store in Or Yehuda between 8:30 A.M. and midnight ; The Irus synagogue at the Irus community between 6 A.M. and 7 A.M. 

February 25: Shufersal supermarket in Migdal Ha'emek between 5 P.M. and 6 P.M. ; The 'Red Pirate' store in Or Yehuda between 8:30 A.M. and 12:30 A.M. the following morning 

February 25: Maklot-Vanil Store in Afula, between 5 P.M. and 6 P.M.

February 25: Athena gym in Migdal HaEmek, between 6 P.M. and 8 P.M.

February 26: The 'Red Pirate' store in Or Yehuda between 3 P.M. and 9:30 P.M. ; The tailor at the bottom floor of the Or Yehuda mall, between 12 and 12:30 P.M.

February 26: The 59 bus from Hayasmin/Hatzav in Or Yehuda to the David Shiffman Bridge in Tel Aviv between 7:50 A.M. and 8:30 A.M. ; The 59 bus from the David Shiffman Bridge in Tel Aviv to the Or Yehuda terminal between 2:15 P.M. and 3:00 P.M.  

February 27: Discount Bank in Migdal HaEmek, between 8:30 P.M. and 9:30 P.M. 

February 27: El Al flight LY290 from Milan to Tel Aviv, landing at 2:30 P.M.

February 27:  The 59 bus from Hayasmin/Hatzav in Or Yehuda to the David Shiffman Bridge in Tel Aviv between 7:50 A.M. and 8:30 A.M. ; The 59 bus from the David Shiffman Bridge in Tel Aviv to Hayasmin/Hatzav in Or Yehuda between 2 P.M. and 2:40 P.M.

February 27: Ahuza restaurant in Afula between 2:00 P.M. and 3:30 P.M.

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