Passengers walk while wearing protective masks at Ben Gurion International Airport, near Tel Aviv, February 27, 2020.AFP

■ 50 Israelis have so far tested positive for coronavirus, known as COVID-19; thousands have been placed in isolation; four have recovered.

■ All Israelis returning from abroad are ordered into a 14-day quarantine. Starting Thursday, non-Israelis will have to prove they are able to self-quarantine

Jerusalem Purim events cancelled over concerns about virus

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon announced that Purim events will be cancelled in the city, following discussions with the police and Health Ministry about coronavirus. (Nir Hasson)

Israel’s coronavirus response has been too extreme 

Since my previous opinion piece on the new coronavirus epidemic, there have been significant developments in the global picture, the policies implemented by Israel and the economic and societal implications of these policies, which require a fresh approach to address what the future may bring.

It’s important to note that Israel’s current policy is more extreme than that of most developed nations, including those that have been harder hit by the disease. (Zvi Bentwich)

Israel’s CoronaApp exposed users’ medical history to hackers

A major security flaw that allowed hackers to extract confidential medical information of some 75,000 Israeli users was discovered in the Health Ministry’s CoronApp, intended to provide information about coronavirus and allow users to consult with experts and report their quarantine.

According to the Health Ministry, there was no hostile breach of the app’s database and the bug has since been fixed.

Israelis wear masks at Ben-Gurion Airport outside Tel Aviv, March 5, 2020. Tomer Applebaum

Cyprus doctor tests positive for virus; largest hospital suspends most services

Cyprus’ largest medical facility suspended most services on Tuesday, authorities said, after a medical doctor heading the heart surgical ward tested positive for coronavirus.

The 64-year-old doctor was one of the first two individuals to test positive on the Mediterranean island. He had recently returned from Britain and had contact with patients. (Reuters)



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