Selin ATAY-TDO- After staff test positive, Israel announced the closure of its embassies in Germany, Spain, Greece, the Netherlands and Southern Cyprus amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. 

The Israeli embassy in Germany shut down after Ambassador Jeremy Issacharoff and his aide tested positive for the virus, Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth daily reported, citing a statement from the Foreign Ministry.

The statement further noted the closure of Israel’s Madrid embassy after the ambassador tested positive and all its staff were quarantined. At its embassy in Athens, one staff member and his family also tested positive, leading to the embassy being closed. Meanwhile, one staff member tested positive at Israel’s embassies in The Hague and Southern Cyprus, leading to their closures.

The total number of coronavirus cases in Israel climbed to 529, as 96 fresh cases were reported over the latest 24 hours, the Health Ministry said.

Meanwhile, Israeli newspaper reported that a total of 5,639 Israeli soldiers are being quarantined. It said that 10 Israeli soldiers were infected with the virus.

Under the Kovid-19 measures, education was decommissioned in all schools, while meetings and events exceeding 10 people were banned in indoor and outdoor areas.

It was also decided that many commercial businesses, apart from grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations and banks, would be closed from March 15.

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