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Four Isreal ministers quarantine over coronavirus

By News Desk

Two of Israel’s Cabinet ministers have been quarantined on suspicion of contracting the coronavirus, in order to prevent a possible spread of the deadly virus.

The two ministers were Interior Minister, Aryeh Deri and Agriculture and Rural Development Minister, Tzachi Hanegbi, were said to have come into close contact with the mayor of Merhavim region, who has tested positive for the virus known as COVID-19, at a meeting.

Meanwhile, another two members of parliament who were at the meeting have been placed under home quarantine, to prevent other members from contracting the disease.

This came hours after the Health Ministry announced that atleast 337 cases of the virus were already in the country and 13 new infections, increasing the numbers to 350.

It would be recalled that the virus emerged in Wuhan, China last December, and has spread to nearly 150 countries and territories. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a pandemic.

Out of 198,373 confirmed cases, the death toll now exceeds 7,500, while more than 80,000 patients have recovered, according to Worldometer, a website that compiles new case numbers.

The virus has triggered lockdowns, cancelation of flights in many parts of the world.

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