Clashes erupted between police officers and protesters in Jaffa on Wednesday, April 1, after a local resident was accused of breaking lockdown measures preventing people from being over 100 m (328 ft) from their home. While questioning the accused individual, locals encircled the officers and reportedly threw stones, burned tires, and blocked roads. Four people were arrested in the clashes.
On Wednesday, March 25, residents were ordered to remain in their homes unless they were undertaking vital activities, such as purchasing food and medicine or working in essential services. Citizens are also allowed to take a short walk but must remain within 100 m of their home. Effective Thursday, April 2, all Israeli citizens returning from abroad will be transported to hotels for a mandatory 14-day quarantine and will no longer be permitted to self-quarantine. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also announced on Wednesday that access will be severely restricted to and from the city of Bnei Brak, where a large number of COVID-19 cases have been recorded.
As of April 1, authorities have confirmed 6092 cases of COVID-19 nationwide, including 26 fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected over the near term.
The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.
Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.
Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia
Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly, and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.
To reduce the risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:
- Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
- When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
- If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.