February 28, 2020 / 9:14 AM / a month ago

Israel confirms second case of coronavirus - health ministry

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel’s health ministry on Friday confirmed its second case of coronavirus, a person it said had been in close contact with a man who tested positive after visiting Italy.

“Another coronavirus patient who was in close personal contact with the patient who returned from Italy was diagnosed with a positive result, and transferred to isolation,” the health ministry said in a statement.

A week ago, two Israeli passengers who tested positive after traveling on the virus-stricken cruise ship Diamond Princess were quarantined in an Israeli hospital.

Reporting by Rami Ayyub, editing by Stephen Farrell

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