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Israel Coronavirus Updates

"Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer." Rom. 12:12

The Ministry of Health announced on Sat. evening 14 March 2020 that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Israel had risen to almost 200 with three of them in serious condition. The previous day schools and universities were shut down for at least a month until after the Passover holiday. Preschools and daycares were also closed beginning on Sunday 15 March 2020 and gatherings of over ten people have been banned. Following a weekend of meetings and deliberation between government officials to determine further necessary measures against the virus - PM Netanyahu announced that supermarkets, banks, and gas stations would remain open, but that restaurants, malls, and other recreational areas would be closed for the foreseeable future. Calling on all Israel's citizens to cooperate in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Netanyahu admitted that the measures were not easy, and required the creation of a new routine. According to the National Health Ministry, since coronavirus first broke out in the country, more than 200,000 Israelis have entered quarantine. Some 40,000 people are presently in quarantine. The IDF ordered all soldiers on leave to return to base on Sunday 15 March 2020 and to prepare to remain on base for at least a month. According to the World Health Organization, as China reports a decrease in new cases, the epicenter of the outbreak has moved to Europe, which – with Israel included in the organization's statistics – has more cases than the rest of the world combined, excluding China. (VFI News)

Pray for the people of Israel even as we are praying for the nations to be protected and healed from coronavirus. The virus is manifold in its dangers to the tiny Jewish State.