HaRav Chaim Kanievsky is considered a leading authority in Haredi Jewish society.
The 92-year-old Kanievsky broke his quarantine at the end of Yom Kippur and received people at his home, despite being exposed to a diagnosed case.
In recent days, the virus spread across the rabbi’s home, with several of his family members contracting COVID-19, including two who are in constant daily contact with Kanievsky.
The rabbi’s family told Haaretz that from the moment they began feeling symptoms, those who were ill immediately quarantined themselves. The family also said that the people who see the rabbi often are tested beforehand, or have already contracted and recovered from the virus.
From the Gadol Hador House, it was reported on Friday morning, the eve of Sukkot:
“Following a certain change in Rabbi Shlita’s body temperature indices, the rabbi was examined and found positive for Corona. The rabbi now feels well and continues with his usual study arrangements, of course under close medical supervision.”
“The public is asked to pray for the complete healing of our Rabbi.”
The Rav’s family have said that he is now feeling well and is continuing his learning as usual, under close medical supervision.
All are asked to daven for the refuah sheleimah of Harav Shmaryahu Yosef Chaim ben Pesha Miriam.
Rav Chaim suggested that all learn Maseches Brachos, and recite ten pirkei Tehillim for his refuah.
In recent days, a number of grandchildren and family members, including at least two who come into close daily contact with the Gadol Hador, have received positive tests.
At the rabbi’s house, they said yesterday that everyone had isolated themselves from the moment they showed symptoms and that those who come in contact with the rabbi are recovering.
Yesterday, the Gadol Hador ruled – in a video distributed on the knowledge of the Ministry of Health, that it is permissible to perform a corona examination on the holiday of Sukkot, since this borders on “mental supervision.”