PM Netanyahu likely to enter isolation after one of his advisers tested positive for coronavirus

BREAKING: PM Netanyahu will most likely enter two-week isolation after one of his advisers tested positive for coronavirus.

Rivka Paluch, who aides Netanyahu on issues concerning ultra-Orthodox affairs, tested positive after her husband was admitted to the hospital with the virus.

The Prime Minister’s Office says they will follow Health Ministry guidelines in responding to this development.

As of Sunday evening, the number of coronavirus cases in Israel raised to 4,247 infected and 15 fatalities. 74 patients are in serious condition.

59 patients are receiving respiratory assistance, another 82 remain in moderate condition and 3,994 have light symptoms.

139 Israelis have fully recovered from the illness so far.

Israel’s government approved new emergency regulations to limit activity in order to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

The new guidelines are enforceable by police, include a near-total cessation of public transportation and a restriction on venturing further than 100 meters (roughly 300 feet) from one’s house except for the supply of food, medicine, essentials or medical reasons.

Some 650 IDF soldiers will be deployed at checkpoints across the country Sunday morning in order to enforce the new emergency regulations.

The troops will be armed and will assist with their teams in patrolling, isolating and securing certain areas, blocking routes and more.