Israel’s Health Ministry on Friday morning announced the first patient-to-patient cases of COVID-19 in Israel.
The wife of the Israeli who returned from Italy and was diagnosed with COVID-19 has been diagnosed with the disease as well, and transferred for quarantine in Sheba Medical Center.
Earlier, the Health Ministry published a list of the places where the infected Israeli visited after his return from Italy.
On Thursday night, it was reported that 150 IDF soldiers are under house quarantine due to concerns that they contracted coronavirus after returning from a private trip abroad, or meeting with the South Korean delegation which was later found to be infected with COVID-19.
Three hundred additional soldiers who recently spent time in Italy will also be immediately quarantined. The “Witnesses in Uniform” delegations to Poland and other delegations to Europe will be delayed, as will a joint military exercise with European armies. US soldiers who arrived from Italy for the exercise will be returned to their bases.
The Health Ministry has ordered that anyone returning from Italy, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Macao, South Korea, and Japan remain in quarantine for 14 days. Willful violation of the quarantine is punishable with up to seven years in prison, while negligent violation of the quarantine is punishable by up to three years in prison.