Israeli Border Police chief tests positive for Coronavirus 2 days after meeting Gantz, Rivlin

BREAKING: Israeli Border Police chief Yaakov Shabtai has tested positive for coronavirus, two days after he participated in a ceremony attended by senior state officials, including President Rivlin, Defense Minister Gantz and IDF Chief of Staff Kohavi.

Maj.-Gen. Yaakov Shabtai is in “good condition,” a spokesperson for the Border Police said in a statement on Saturday morning.

Shabtai participated on Thursday in a memorial service for the IDF soldiers killed in Operation of Protective Edge at the Mount Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem. The ceremony was also attended by President Reuven Rivlin, Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, Defense Minister Benny Gantz and IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi.

An epidemiological investigation is currently being performed to find out who needs to be quarantined and tested as a result of contact with the police chief.

At least two senior police officers who came in contact with Shabtai have already been instructed to go into isolation.

On Saturday, the total infections from coronavirus in Israel reached 28,055. After two more people have died of the virus since Thursday, the fatality rate as the result of coronavirus has now reached 326.

Active coronavirus cases rose to a record of 10,060 by Saturday morning.

The number of serious cases has risen to 77 of which 27 are on ventilators.