Israel bans all flights from China as Coronavirus death toll hits 170
Israel’s health ministry banned all flights from China over the coronavirus epidemic, as fears of global contagion grew.
“We shall not allow any flight in the near future from China to land in this country, not one,” health minister Yaakov Litzman said at a press conference.
He added that anyone already in Israel who had traveled from China or stopped over there on the way from another country, should stay at home for 14 days and not mix with the general public, even if they had no symptoms.
Earlier Thursday, El Al announced it was suspending flights to Beijing, its only destination in mainland China, until March 25.
There have been no recorded incidents of the new coronavirus in Israel yet, but the health ministry said it was “a matter of time”.