JN / Agencies
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Israel has extended to South Korea and Japan the measures to prohibit entry into its territory in the context of the fight against the new coronavirus Covid-19, the Israeli Health Ministry announced this Saturday.
The approximately 200 non-Israeli passengers on a South Korean airline's plane were not allowed to disembark tonight and are expected to return to South Korea, the ministry added.
The plane was driven to an area of the airport far from the usual landing sites, and several ambulances were waiting on the asphalt for the 12 Israeli passengers, the only ones who could get out of the aircraft, the AFP news agency said.
The group was taken to their homes by ambulance and placed under quarantine, the Israeli relief services needed.
These measures are in addition to those already in force for flights from China, Macau, Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong.
The director general of the Ministry of Health, Moshé Bar Soman Tov, underlined in a press conference the rapid progression of the number of cases of people infected in South Korea and Japan in the past 24 hours.
The Israeli Ministry of Health confirmed today that nine South Korean tourists who were in Israel last week were diagnosed with the virus after their return to South Korea.
It was not specified whether they were already carriers of Covid-19 during their stay in Israel, or whether they contracted it on their return.
Since it was detected at the end of last year in China, the Covid-19 coronavirus has caused 2363 deaths and infected more than 76,000 people worldwide.
Most of the cases occurred in China, in particular in Hubei province, in the center of the country, the most affected by the epidemic.
In addition to 2345 deaths in mainland China, six people died in Iran, three in Japan, two in the Chinese region of Hong Kong, two in South Korea, two in Italy, one in the Philippines, one in France and one in Taiwan.
Chinese authorities have isolated several cities in Hubei province to try to control the epidemic, a measure that covers about 60 million people.
In Portugal, 12 suspected cases have been registered, but none have been confirmed.
According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), there are more than 50 confirmed cases in the European Union and the United Kingdom.
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