Ministry of Health expands fight against epidemic • Anyone returning from the new targets with restrictions will be required to stay in isolation even without symptoms • In case of symptoms, medical center must be reached in advance • Minister of Health Litzman: "What we see is just the tip of the iceberg"
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The Ministry of Health has extended the isolation guideline to South and East Asia this evening (Sunday), and ordered anyone coming from Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Macau to stay in isolation for two weeks, even without symptoms. The ministry has also instructed anyone with symptoms after staying in one of these countries to contact their physician, in advance of their arrival, and to take measures such as mouth and nose coverage with a medical mask.
Health Minister Yaakov Litzman addressed the directive, saying: "There is another increase in several countries near China where the corona reached and people have passed away. Our impression is that what we are seeing at the moment is only the tip of the iceberg what is happening here. So we decided that a few more countries, for example, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Macau, A name of isolation for anyone returning from these countries. "
It should be noted that Singapore is the country outside China where the highest number of patients (72), followed by Hong Kong (57), Japan - does not appear in the current Ministry of Health warning (42) and Thailand (33). Ten patients have been reported in Macau so far. The number is lower than in countries including Germany, France, USA and Australia.