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Starting tomorrow, passage to South Korea, Japan travelers also closed

People in traditional Korean hanbok dresses wear face masks as they visit Gyeongbokgung palace in Seoul on February 23, 2020 (Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri announced today that he has decided to prevent entry into Israel of anyone who has been in Japan or South Korea in the past two weeks and who are not citizens or residents of Israel at all crossings. This follows the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The ban on entering for anyone arriving from Japan by air will take effect starting tomorrow morning at 8:00 am. This order supplements previous orders relating to those who have stayed in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand, and Singapore.

Another passenger on the Diamond Princess cruise ship that docked off the coast of Japan whose passengers were released last week after 14-day isolation has died of the disease.