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Netanyahu aide diagnosed with coronavirus, unclear if Israeli PM affected

  • News Desk


Jerusalem   /   Mon, March 30, 2020   /   02:18 pm
Netanyahu aide diagnosed with coronavirus, unclear if Israeli PM affected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a situation assessment meeting regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-2019), at the Health Ministry in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on Feb. 23, 2020. (AFP/Jack Guez)

An aide to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has tested positive for coronavirus, officials said on Monday, but it was not immediately clear if the 70-year-old leader had been exposed or his work affected.

"We will take action in accordance with Health Ministry directives," an official said, announcing the diagnosis of the parliamentary aide, whom Israeli media described as being in good condition.

The Health Ministry generally requires 14-day self-isolation and possible coronavirus testing for anyone deemed to have been in proximity with an infected person.

Israeli media said the aide had been present at a parliament session last week attended by Netanyahu as well as opposition lawmakers with whom he is trying to build an emergency coalition government to help address the coronavirus crisis.

Israel has reported 4,247 cases and 15 fatalities. With the Health Ministry warning that the dead could eventually number in the thousands, Netanyahu was due on Monday to convene officials on Monday to discuss a proposed lockdown of some of the country.

Netanyahu was tested for coronavirus as a precaution on March 15, his office said. The result was negative. 


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