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Nearly 200 Israeli students quarantined after coronavirus contact

Students and teachers from three Israeli cities have been ordered by the Health Ministry to self-quarantine in their homes

Medical staff from Shanghai attend a medical training in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, Jan. 25, 2020. (Xinhua/Cheng Min)
Medical staff from Shanghai attend a medical training in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, Jan. 25, 2020. (Xinhua/Cheng Min)

Over 200 Israelis, most of them students, have been ordered into quarantine after coming into contact with a group of South Korean tourists, some of whom were diagnosed with the coronavirus.

Students and teachers from three Israeli cities have been ordered by the Health Ministry to self-quarantine in their homes after visiting tourist sites at the same time as the group from South Korea.

Nine members of the group, who returned home last week after a two-week visit to Israel, have since tested positive for coronavirus. It is not known when they contracted the virus, but since the incubation period for the virus is 14 days, it is possible that they had it while they toured Israel.

The group visited Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Masada, Beersheba, Caesarea and Hebron. They also visited Palestinian territories, according to their itinerary, which was posted on the website of the Health Ministry.

Meanwhile, the country’s Health Ministry announced a ban on entry to any foreign traveller who has visited Japan, South Korea, Macau, Thailand, Singapore or Hong Kong in the last 14 days. Israeli citizens who have been to those countries will be required to self-quarantine.

On Saturday, Israel barred entry to passengers on board a Korean Air passenger jet that had landed at Ben Gurion Airport. Israelis on the flight were taken by ambulance to their homes, where they were ordered to remain in quarantine.

On Sunday, Israeli Education Minister Rafi Peretz ordered the cancellation of secondary school trips to Poland due to the virus, saying he was abiding by the recommendations of the Health Ministry.

Some 29 delegations comprising over 3,000 students, which were scheduled to depart between Sunday and 4 March, were cancelled, Israel’s Channel 12 news reported.

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