Seventh Israeli Tests Positive for Coronavirus; Country Issues Mass Quarantine

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

Another Israeli, who also returned from Italy on Monday, tested positive for the virus on Friday and was sent to quarantine.

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Earlier it was reported that another 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 commerical 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. 

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He is the fifth Israeli to be diagnosed with coronavirus in Israel. His diagnosis follows that of two other Israelis earlier Friday. 

An Israeli man who returned to the country from northern Italy earlier this week tested positive for the coronavirus and was transferred to a quarantine at the Sheba Medical Center, Israel's Health Ministry announced on Thursday.