As the highly contagious novel coronavirus spreads around the world, Israel and the Palestinian Authority struggle to contain a local outbreak that has virtually halted air traffic in and out of Israel, led to school closures and tens of thousands of people entering quarantine.
■ 178 Israelis have so far tested positive for the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, with 165 of cases being mild; thousands have been placed in isolation; four have recovered. In the West Bank, 38 cases have been diagnosed so far
■ Israeli government shutters schools, universities, bans indoor gatherings of over 100 people, urges people to avoid unnecessary gatherings, considering ordering non-essential business to shut
■ Netanyahu calls on Gantz to form "emergency unity government" to tackle spread of virus
■ All foreigners are not be allowed into Israel, unless they can prove they are able to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival. Read the full guide for tourists and Israelis