Tel Aviv, 30 March 2020 (dpa/MIA) – Israel’s caretaker Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is entering home quarantine as a precaution after an advisor was diagnosed with the coronavirus.
“The prime minister has decided that he and his close staff will stay in home quarantine until the conclusion of an epidemiological investigation,” a statement from his office read on Monday.
No end date was given. The investigation will help determine how long Netanyahu should stay in quarantine.
An official in Netanyahu‘s office who asked not to be named cited a preliminary assessment as saying that the premier did not come into close contact with the advisor and did not personally meet her.
Over the past two weeks the two were never in the same room, the official said.
Netanyahu conducts most of his meetings via video conferencing from his Jerusalem residence and “will continue to act in accordance with the instructions of the Ministry of Health,” said the official.
The quarantine for Netanyahu comes at a time of considerable political turmoil in Israel even as it battles the coronavirus outbreak.
Israelis are waiting to see whether they will get a unity government after successive elections did not leave any of the main parties able to form a coalition government.
The start of Netanyahu‘s long-awaited trial on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, has meanwhile been postponed from March to May amid the coronavirus crisis.