Israel Deports Over 1500 South Koreans Over Coronavirus Scare

Clay Curtis
February 27, 2020

On 23 February, she was confirmed to have been infected with coronavirus (Covid-19), according to the lab result in South Korea, according to the ministry's statement.

Over the weekend, 200 Israelis were ordered to self-quarantine after coming into contact with a group of South Korean tourists.

Numerous new patients Saturday were located in or near Daegu, South Korea's fourth-largest city, where dozens of people linked with a Christian sect known as the Shincheonji Church of Jesus have shown symptoms of respiratory illness.

The U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday issued a level 3 warning advising travelers to cancel all non-essential travel plans to South Korea.

One of the honeymooners on Mauritius, Park Min-kyu, wrote on social media: "They took our passports and put us on standby, and then said we should be isolated for 14 days without any explanation of the situation".

Xing, speaking to reporters at the Foreign Ministry Wednesday, asked for "understanding from the Korean people" while trying to draw a line between measures undertaken by the central government and provincial governments.

Foreign Minister Israel Katz called an emergency meeting at his ministry over the possible ramifications of the case of the South Koreans visitors.

While it's unknown whether the group contracted the virus before or after their return to South Korea, the Health Ministry is operating on the assumption that they arrived in Israel as carriers of the virus, which has a 14-day incubation period during which those infected are asymptomatic. Such guidelines are already in effect for those returning from China, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau.

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"Today, we added Australia and Italy to the list of countries from which returning travelers will be required to enter quarantine", the prime minister said.

One of many returnees has since been identified with the illness.

"Israel's decision of whom to allow and whom not to allow in is a big challenge to many pilgrims, but of course we do understand the reasons", said Wadie Abunassar, spokesman for the Latin patriarchate.

But Dr. Schaffner said the C.D.C. has been "very meticulous about implementing a containment policy in the USA and has been assiduous about finding and monitoring people who've had contact or previous exposure".

Fifteen Israelis were on the Diamond Princess.

Another four Israelis were hospitalized in Japan after testing positive for the virus.

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