Israeli PM enters quarantine after aide tested positive for coronavirus
Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his close advisers have been placed under quarantine after an aide on Parliament affairs tested positive for coronavirus, his office said on Monday.
The step was a precaution and is being taken even before the epidemiological investigation has been concluded, according to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office.
Even before the epidemiological investigation is over and to remove all doubt, the Prime Minister has decided that he and his close staff will remain in isolation until the epidemiological investigation is completed, the statement said.
In accordance with the findings, the Health Ministry and the personal physician of the Prime Minister will set a day to end the isolation, it added.
Earlier, his office said “the move was unnecessary” as the Premier had not been in the same room as the concerned adviser, Rivka Paluch, during the last two weeks.
The initial assessment is that there is no need for the prime minister to be in quarantine since he was not in close contact with the patient and did not meet with her, the PMO earlier said.
Likewise, from an initial check, the two were not together in the same room for the past fortnight. The epidemiological investigation is ongoing, it stressed.
The statement had also emphasised that the prime minister and those around him have been strictly adhering to the Health Ministry guidelines during the past few weeks, under the watch of his personal physician, and that most discussions Netanyahu holds are via video-link from his residence.
Hebrew language media, however, contradicted these claims, saying Netanyahu had in fact met with Paluch, along with a reported confirmation from his office.