Israel to bar Italians from entering the country

Passengers wear protective face masks on a flight from Israel to Italy. EPA-EFE/ABIR SULTAN

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The Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri is set to sign an official document on Thursday, barring Italian travelers from entering Israel for fear of a coronavirus infection.

Israelis who come back from Italy are also instructed to be quarantined at their own homes for 14 days.

The decision was taken as an Israeli who came back from Italy was diagnosed on Thursday with coronavirus, the Health Ministry announced

Israel has taken a stricter approach to the coronavirus than most other countries. It has openly banned visitors from five Asian countries, and it has sent over a thousand tourists’ home.

In the Middle East, a dangerous cluster in Iran, where more than 140 people had been infected, spread across the region to Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. Saudi Arabia halted visits to the holiest sites in Islam, in the cities of Mecca and Medina.

Read more via The Jerusalem Post


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