Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that all people entering the country will be quarantined for 14 days as the country looks to protect its citizens from the coronavirus.
In a video shared to the nation, Netanyahu stated that, “After a day of complex discussions, we have made a decision: Whoever arrives in Israel from abroad will enter quarantine for 14 days.
“This is a difficult decision but it is essential to maintaining public health, which takes precedence over everything.
“This decision will be in effect for two weeks. At the same time, we will make decisions to safeguard the Israeli economy.”
Israeli authorities believe that this could impact as many as 250,000 people.
Government officials said the order would come into force immediately for Israelis returning to the country. From Thursday, any non-Israelis seeking to enter the country will have to prove they have the means to self-quarantine, the officials said.
Among the topics discussed, with the participation of experts, were the policy regarding people entering Israel from overseas, economic preparations and scientific-technological issues.