Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu self-quarantines after aide tests positive for COVID-19

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu self-quarantines after aide tests positive for COVID-19

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will undergo self-quarantine after an aide tested positive for the coronavirus, his office announced Monday.

Netanyahu, 70, has been tested for the virus and is isolating himself until he gets the results, or is cleared by the Health Ministry and his personal doctor, his office said.

Rivka Paluch, Netanyahu's adviser on the Knesset – Israel's parliament, tested positive for COVID-19, Haaretz reported. Legislators who came in contact with Paluch during her visit to the Knesset last week will also self-quarantine, as will three of the prime minister's top aides.

The prime minister's office told The Jerusalem Post that Paluch had not been in close contact with Netanyahu, who has been conducting as much of his work remotely as possible because of the outbreak.

Coronavirus:Which world leaders have had brushes with the illness

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives for a speech from his Jerusalem office March 14, 2020, saying Israel's restaurants and places of entertainment will be closed to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

More than 4,300 Israelis have been infected by the virus and at least 15 have died.

Other heads of state have had interactions with people infected with the coronavirus, including President Donald Trump, who tested negative after meeting with an aide to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro who was infected.

Last week, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 55, became the first major world leader to test positive for the illness.

Contributing: The Associated Press


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