New Delhi: In a major possible health scare, a close adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has tested positive for coronavirus, triggering fears that she might have transmitted the infection to Netanyahu as well, as the two had met last Thursday. Also Read - Coronavirus Fears: Indian-Origin Youth Beaten up in Israel, Called 'Chinese' by Attackers
Noatbly, Rivka Paluch is an adviser to Netanyahu on ultra-Orthodox affairs. She tested positive for COVID-19 just hours after her husband was admitted to a hospital with the virus. She, however, has denied making any close contact with Netanyahu and has said that she doesn’t think that she transmitted it to anyone else. Also Read - Israeli Scientists Soon to Announce, They Developed Coronavirus Vaccine
In a statement, the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office said that it will follow guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health in its response to this development. Also, according to reports, the incident is currently under investigation and if it comes out that Netanyahu spent more than 15 minutes in the same room as his adviser, he may be forced into a 14-day quarantine period. Also Read - 'Spoke to My Friend Narendra Modi', Says Benjamin Netanyahu As Israel's Supplies Hit By Coronavirus
Opposition leader Benny Gantz, too, is likely to be out under isolation as he held late-night talks with Netanyahu, over government formation, during the weekend.
On Friday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed that he had tested positive for coronavirus.
Israel has thus far reported 4,347 COVID-19 positive case, including 15 deaths.