The coronavirus continues to wreak havoc as a 3rd Israeli aboard the Diamond Princess, the cruise ship quarantined off Yokohama port in Japan, was confirmed to have contracted the virus on Sunday night.
Earlier on Sunday, Japan’s Health Ministry announced that two Israelis, a married couple, examined constructive for the virus. All three Israelis have been transferred to native Japanese hospitals for medical remedy.
Additionally, on Sunday, Israel’s Well being Ministry introduced that Israelis getting back from journeys to Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau can be required to self-quarantine at dwelling for 2 weeks and in accordance with a Channel 12 Information report, anybody violating the quarantine interval might obtain a jail sentence of as much as seven days.
Israel’s Overseas Ministry was apparently not happy with the Well being Ministry’s directives, and ministry sources stated that different nations haven’t taken such excessive measures and the Well being Ministry is inflicting pointless panic in addition to diplomatic fallout.
El Al, which is the one airline with a direct Tel Aviv-Bangkok flights, has introduced that it’s canceling half of its round-trip flights to Bangkok. Since there are millions of Israelis who’re at the moment in Bangkok, it isn’t stopping flights to the favored vacation spot altogether.
Thailand’s Well being Ministry introduced on Monday morning lady examined constructive for the coronavirus, bringing the whole variety of folks within the nation recognized with the virus to 35.
Jerusalem Chief Rabbi, Harav Shlomo Amar, who’s at the moment in Singapore on a chizuk go to to the Jewish neighborhood, is among the lots of of Israelis who can be required to stay in quarantine. Rav Amar is returning to Israel on Thursday.
Singapore’s authorities lately relocated an historic Jewish cemetery, transferring the bones of the deceased from one location to a different. Harav Amar visited the cemetery and carried out a particular tikun for the neshamos of the niftarim who had been transferred, Kikar H’Shabbos reported.
“The Rishon L’Tzion is at the moment on a chizuk journey to the Torah neighborhood in Singapore,” Harav Amar’s workplace said. “The Rav will seek the advice of with the related events forward of his return on the finish of the week and he’ll act in accordance with no matter he’s instructed. ‘V’nishmartem meod l’nafshoseichem’ is compulsory, not a suggestion.”
Well being Ministry Deputy Director Itamar Grotto, who was sent to Japan by Health Minister Yaakov Litzman, held a gathering on Monday with the Israeli ambassador to Japan and senior Japanese Well being Ministry officers.
Grotto advised Channel 12 Information on Sunday evening that the remaining 12 Israeli passengers are being examined and anybody who has not contracted the virus will be capable of depart the ship. He believes that the Israelis will return to Israel on a direct flight funded by their insurance coverage firms.
The Israelis will then be hospitalized in an isolation unit at Sheba Medical Heart, the place a medical workers devoted completely to the unit will are inclined to them. The pilot of the flight will bear medical testing however is not going to be quarantined.
The Diamond Princess ship has the most important outbreak of individuals contaminated with the coronavirus exterior of China. There have been 99 folks aboard the ship newly recognized with the virus on Monday, elevating the whole variety of folks aboard the ship who contracted the virus to 454.
In the meantime, the USA evacuated its residents aboard the ship on chartered flights again to the US, sparking resentment amongst Israeli kinfolk of the Israelis aboard the ship, who can not depart the ship till Wednesday, when the official quarantine interval ends.
Two constitution flights carrying cruise ship passengers from Japan landed at army bases in California and Texas in a single day. Japan’s Protection Minister Taro Kono had tweeted earlier that Japanese troops helped transport 340 U.S. passengers on 14 buses from Yokohama port to Tokyo’s Haneda airport. About 380 Individuals had been on the cruise ship.
In the midst of the testing carried out for the American passengers earlier than they left the ship, 14 passengers examined constructive for the coronavirus. The State Division introduced later that the 14 passengers had been allowed to board the flight as a result of they didn’t have signs. They had been being remoted individually from different passengers on the flight, the U.S. State and Well being and Human Companies stated in a joint assertion.
After arriving within the U.S., the entire passengers should undergo one other 14 days of quarantine on the army amenities — that means they may have been below quarantine for a complete of almost 4 weeks.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem & AP)