Published: Thu, April 02, 2020
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Israel Health Minister Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Mossad Chief and NSA Quarantined

Israel Health Minister Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Mossad Chief and NSA Quarantined

The ministry is investigating from whom Litzman contracted the disease and is informing people who have been in contact with the minister to go into quarantine, including the director-general of the health ministry, Moshe Bar Siman-Tov, the head of Mossad and a number of other senior officials, he stressed. "He is not asymptomatic, he has a few symptoms but not more than that".

Litzman of the Gur Hassidic sect - whose wife also tested positive - is the most prominent member of the hard-hit ultra-Orthodox community to test positive for the virus that has infected more than 6,200 Israelis.

Israel's health minister and his wife were diagnosed with coronavirus and are in isolation following guidelines, the health ministry said on Thursday. But for others, especially older adults and people with health problems, it can cause severe symptoms including pneumonia, and lead to death.

The Israeli daily Haaretz reported that the head of the Israeli spy agency Mossad and the National Security Council had been asked to isolate themselves due to their contact with Litzman. Litzman will be "able to keep working while sick", Grotto said.


Benjamin Netanyahu is gone in coronakarantæne from a "precautionary approach" and manage meetings via video.

Yaakov Litzman, 71, an ally of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has appeared regularly alongside the premier to provide updates on the spread of the pandemic and new measures to combat it. A video aired by Channel 12 showed dozens of worshippers holding hands and dancing in Jerusalem.

"I imagine that perhaps the team closest to him met with him", he said referring to Litzman.

Cohen said that Litzman's infection was a further indication that everyone is at risk and urged the public to adhere to government restrictions aimed at limiting social contact and public gatherings to prevent the virus spreading.

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