Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been placed under quarantine after an aide tested positive for Covid-19, his office said on Monday.
“The preliminary assessment is that there is no need for the prime minister to be quarantined, as he did not come into close contact with the individual and did not personally meet with that person,” the statement said, suggesting that the move was made out of an abundance of caution.
An “epidemiological investigation” was ongoing and that Netanyahu and “his close staff would be in confinement until [tests] were completed,” it said.
Israel has so far recorded 4,347 cases of the novel coronavirus, the 17th highest number globally, according to statistics compiled by Johns Hopkins. Sixteen Israelis have died, while 134 people have recovered.