Two hundred Israelis in quarantine after Korean tourists test positive for coronavirus

■ 200 Israel residents in quarantine
■ A Korean Air plane that landed in Israel was only allowed to disembark Israeli citizens before turning back
■ Benjamin Netanyahu to hold situation assessment with Health Minister Yaakov Litzman

Over 200 residents of Israel who may have been in contact with South Korean nationals who tested positive to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 after returning from the Holy Land are currently in quarantine.

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Nine South Korean nationals who visited Israel and the West Bank in February have tested positive for the virus, Israel’s Health Ministry said on Saturday. Israeli health authorities put in home isolation for two weeks anyone who was in close contact with their group.

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9:01 A.M. South Korean foreign ministry summons Israeli envoy

Rasha Atamny, deputy chief of the Israeli mission in Seoul, was summoned to the South Korean foreign ministry on Sunday morning, in response to the new restrictions enacted by Israel.

According to a report in public news agency Yonhap, the Foreign Ministry in Seoul has conveyed to the Israeli government that “excessive and unreasonable measures should not be taken” against South Korean citizens. 

22.02.2020 – 7:46 P.M. Korean Air flight turned back from Ben Gurion airport

Only Israeli nationals were allowed to get off a Korean Air passenger plane that landed at Ben Gurion Airport, a joint announcement by the Ministry of Health, Magen David Adom and the airport authority said.

There were about 200 foreign nationals and 12 Israelis aboard. The plane was allowed to refuel, before taking off and returning to South Korea.

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