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Israeli Returning from Italy Tests Positive for COVID-19

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27 Feb 2020
Israeli Returning from Italy Tests Positive for COVID-19
Israel’s Health Ministry took an unprecedented step on Wednesday, urging Israeli citizens to drop nearly all non-essential travel abroad until further notice in light of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. “Travel to conferences and other international gatherings should be avoided, including trips for religious events. International conferences in Israel should also be avoided," the Ministry said in a statement. Meanwhile, the Health Ministry announced on Thursday morning that an Israeli citizen returning from Italy had tested positive for the virus.

Here is a podcast giving some analysis of the COVID-19 problem and a video showing how Israel is helping to confront it

Iran Announces Sharp Increase in COVID-19 Infections
The COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Iran took a dramatic turn on Wednesday evening when the Health Ministry announced that the death toll from the outbreak was being officially increased from four to nineteen, while the number of confirmed cases jumped from 44-139. Both numbers are estimated by many analysts to be vastly underestimated. Meanwhile, the NGO Reporters Without Borders issued a statement on Wednesday accusing the clerical regime that rules Iran of interfering in the attempts by journalists to report the truth about the outbreak there.

Israel Blesses the World
Research by a team of scientists at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, led by Prof. Itzhak Mizrahi in collaboration with experts from the Agricultural Research Organization and The Hebrew University announced this week that they have developed new methods for growing fish in ponds, allowing for the development of a highly nutritious source of protein for at-risk populations around the world. The research was published this week in the journal Nature Microbiology and has aroused great interest.

Gaza Border Crossings Re-Opened
Following the cessation of rocket fire into Israel from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, the Erez and Kerem Shalom border crossings were scheduled to be re-opened Thursday morning. Israeli officials made the announcement following consultations with representatives from Egypt and Qatar, which have diplomatic relations with the Islamist terror militia Hamas which rules the Strip.


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