Hundreds more have self-quarantined over fears they had been exposed to the virus overseas or because they were in contact with South Korean pilgrims who were visiting Israel and who tested positive after returning home.
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan also expressed his fear that fake reports about the virus will sway voters.
“We can’t ignore that we’re a week and a half before the elections and of course there is a concern there will be implications of the corona on the elections themselves and actors who will attempt to damage the integrity of the elections by disseminating false reports — fake news — on the issue in order to influence the voting percentage in certain areas,” Erdan said, adding that any attempts at doing so constituted a criminal act.
The Health Ministry said it would issue a travel advisory for Italy following the spread of the disease there, with five deaths so far.
“We decided there will be travel advisory for Italy,” ministry director-general Moshe Bar Siman-Tov said at a press conference.