Tags: israel

Up to 100,000 Israelis in Isolation as Nation Beefs Up Travel Limits

Up to 100,000 Israelis in Isolation as Nation Beefs Up Travel Limits
Israeli electoral workers count the ballots cast by Israelis under home quarantine in the central Israeli town of Shoham on Wednesday. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP via Getty Images)

Wednesday, 04 March 2020 03:45 PM

Israel added restrictions on travel from Europe and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu even asked citizens to stop shaking hands as the impact of the coronavirus widened.

Indeed, according to a report in The Jerusalem Post, up to 100,000 Israelis are now in isolation as the nation expands its traveler quarantine.

"We have to understand, we are in the midst of a global epidemic,” Netanyahu said during a press conference, according to the newspaper, “the most dangerous of these epidemics in the last 100 years."

He said Israel is in one of the best positions of any Western country. “We had to take tough, even very rigid steps to slow the spread of the disease in Israel, and indeed it did,” Netanyahu emphasized. “Today we will take similar steps, dozens more steps.”

The new guidelines were issued Wednesday, just hours after a teenager’s infection with the disease sent more than 1,000 people into a 14-day quarantine. An estimated 80 soccer fans and 1,150 students may have been exposed to a ninth-grader who contracted the virus from a work manager who recently returned from Italy, the Ynet website said.

Like other countries, Israel is trying to keep the outbreak in check through quarantines and restrictions on incoming travelers. Under the latest guidelines, Israelis and foreigners traveling from Spain, Austria, Switzerland, France and Germany must enter quarantine -- additions to a list that already includes Italy and many Asian countries. The foreigners will be barred from entering if they can’t prove they can quarantine themselves, the ministry said.

All international conferences were called off, and Israelis returning from such conclaves abroad should enter quarantine.

Fifteen cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Israel, and some 7,000 people have been quarantined in recent weeks. Officials erected special isolated voting booths so quarantined citizens could cast ballots in Monday’s national election.

There is no evidence the virus has dealt a significant blow to the economy, but the impact could grow if the crisis continues and Israel widens its preventive measures, the Bank of Israel said Wednesday in a statement. Liquidity in the local markets is good, and the economy is cushioned by a low debt-to-output level, little unemployment and a current-account surplus, it added.

It promised to use the tools at its disposal if economic or financial conditions worsen significantly as a result of the virus’s spread.

The current assessment is that the blend of low interest rates and foreign-exchange purchases provides “the necessary support,” the central bank said.

© Copyright 2020 Bloomberg News. All rights reserved.


   
1Like our page
2Share
GlobalTalk
Israel added restrictions on travel from Europe and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu even asked citizens to stop shaking hands as the impact of the coronavirus widened.Indeed, according to a report in The Jerusalem Post, up to 100,000 Israelis are now in isolation as the...
israel
414
2020-45-04
Wednesday, 04 March 2020 03:45 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.
 

The information presented on this website is not intended as specific medical advice and is not a substitute for professional medical treatment or diagnosis. Read Newsmax Terms and Conditions of Service.

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved