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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Test results for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned with negative results on Monday, showing that at the present time, the prime minister does not have COVID-19 coronavirus.

The tests for the prime minister’s family and close advisers likewise came back negative as well, said his spokesperson.


Netanyahu said, however, that he will remain in self-quarantine at his official residence in Jerusalem for the time being, and work by remote from there.

The quarantine and testing took place after one of his parliamentary aides, Rivka Paluch, was found to have tested positive for the virus. Paluch was tested earlier in the day after husband was admitted to the hospital with the virus.

Paluch is the adviser to Netanyahu on issues concerning the strictly Orthodox sector of the population. Her contact with the prime minister was limited, however.

There have been some cases in which the virus has not appeared until the second week after exposure; it is believed the virus has an incubation period that can last from three to 14 days, depending on how severe the virus.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.