Wednesday, 26 February 2020
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New rulings.  The most up-to-date Israel Ministry of Health guidelines for the Coronavirus.

The Population and Immigration Authority is denying entry to anyone who is not an Israeli resident and who has stayed in China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan or Macau over the last few weeks. The cessation of direct flights to China and the closing of the land crossings has come into effect. The Israel MOH has published a set of guidelines for dealing with the coronavirus.

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The quarantine period

A 'decree' obliging Israeli residents who have been in the Far-East since the outbreak of corona, must remain at home, in quarantine, for 14 days from their date of departure. This now includes travelers from China, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Macau.  Non-essential travel to these destinations is the latest suggestion from the Israel MOH. Guidelines also include:

  • No visiting public places/spaces including parks and leisure parks
  • Avoid using public transport
  • Avoiding academic institutions
  • Refraining from going to work
  • Keep away from shopping malls and central shopping districts

Daily updates...

23.02.20 New ruling! Do not go directly to your health practitioner or medical center if you have coronavirus symptoms, instead you must contact MADA (Magen David Adom) and they will direct you accordingly.

20.02.20 Do not use hand sanitizers, disinfectant gels and other "anti-corona", over-the-counter products unless they are specifically registered as a drug with the Israel Ministry of Health. Here is a list of the approved products...

19.02.20 First 2 Israelis get off coronavirus ship, others to remain until Thursday

18.02.20 Special arrangements for quarantined voters and updates for upcoming elections

17.02.20 Any person who visited one of the following locations: China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, Singapore, South Korea or Macau over the last 14 days, and has one of the following symptoms: fever of 38C (100.4F) degrees or higher, cough, trouble breathing, or any other respiratory symptom, should refer to the nearest healthcare clinic or medical center. The quarantine requirement does not apply to travelers who only caught a connecting flight from these locations.

16.02.20 Special prayers against the corona virus at the Kotel, in Jerusalem, today from 4pm - an initiative lead by Rav Shmuel Eliyahu the Chief Rabbi of Zfat.

12.01.20 Call the Kol Habriut Hotline at *5400 for answers to all coronavirus related questions.

11.02.20 the Ministry of Health reports that up until now, around 140 patients were screened in Israel due to suspected infection with the virus. All results received were negative.

05.05.20 If you have quarantined yourself, you must report it to the MOH by filling our this form (Hebrew)

04.02.20 The Ministry of Health has issued a general sick leave letter for employees in home quarantine

04.02.20 Don't worry - your online purchase from Aliexpress or other Chinese suppliers, is safe.  According to the MOH, there is no risk and as of now, they understand that the coronavirus cannot be transmitted via parcels or food - there are no reports that the infection can spread this way.

03.02.20 The Ministry of Health has contacted mobile phone companies to send a text message in Hebrew and English to all travelers entering Israel explaining the Ministry of Health's measures regarding the coronavirus.

FYI - Corona Virus

Corona viruses are a group of viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds. In humans, the viruses cause respiratory infections which are typically mild, including the common cold; however, rarer forms such as SARS, MERS and the novel coronavirus causing the current outbreak can be lethal. In cows and pigs they may cause diarrhea, while in chickens they can cause an upper respiratory disease. There are no vaccines or antiviral drugs that are approved for prevention or treatment.

Suggestions from the MOH

* It is strongly suggested that you seek medical attention if you have a fever or a cough.  If you have recently returned from China, you must advise your health practitioner prior to your medical check-up.  Keep your mouth and nose covered with a surgical mask or similar. (Emergency numbers)

* If you are absent from work according to the quarantine ruling, you will be compensated according to the standard sick-leave upon the presentation of a medical certificate.

* If you have no symptoms, you may return to your regular lifestyle on the 15th day.

* Wash your hands regularly by using soap and water or a disinfectant. Wash hands especially after coughing and sneezing, and after contact with a patient or his/her environment.

* People with chronic health conditions and the elderly are more susceptible


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