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Israel: Health minister cleared of COVID-19 after 2-week illness

Health Minister Yaakov Litzman’s office announces that he has recovered from the coronavirus after receiving the results of a second consecutive test that came back negative.

“It was a great opportunity for me to become personally aware of the dedicated work of the country’s precious medical staff,” he says in a statement.

“I urge the citizens of Israel to continue to obey all the Health Ministry guidelines on social distancing,” he adds.

Hours after testing positive for the virus, a Channel 12 report revealed that Litzman had been spotted earlier that week attending illegal prayer services at a synagogue nearby his home, leading to calls for his ouster.

He further added that he urges Israel to continue to obey the Health Ministry’s guidelines, adding that relief from the lockdown is reliant on strict observance of the regulations. “In the interest of all Israeli’s and their health, only in this way can we beat the coronavirus.”
This comes following eye witness reports in early April that Litzman didn’t follow the Health Ministry’s guidelines regarding physical distancing which may have led to his and his wife’s consequent contraction of the virus in early April. His situation was considered to be light, and he was isolated within his own home.

Litzman additionally did not take part in critical Health Ministry meetings on the guidelines and restrictions, KAN reprted. According to the report, he instructed that law enforcement’s harsher guidelines in ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods be delayed by a week, with the support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Health Ministry director-general Moshe Bar Siman Tov later had a conversation with Litzman, in which Litzman told Bar Siman Tov that he had followed all of the Health Ministry guidelines.