Published on : Saturday, February 29, 2020
Israel tourism officials are worried regarding the recent corona virus scare. They fear that the virus might cause the sector to collapse. As a result of the corona virus outbreak, Israel is banning the entry of many Asian countries, and it has even sent over a thousand tourists back home as a preventive measure against the virus.
Exactly one week before the upcoming legislative elections set for March 2, there are concerns in Israel that the corona virus scare could upset voting. Differing to prior reassuring assessments that diagnoses in the country were limited to Israeli nationals returning from a cruise, it now seems that the virus might have been spread by Korean pilgrims who crisscrossed Israel around two weeks ago. Authorities in Seoul reported on February 22 that nine South Korean tourists who had recently returned from Israel tested positive for the virus. The group visited hotels, churches and several tourist attractions.
After these revelations, the Israeli tourism and health authorities went into an emergency mode. The Ministry of Health in Israel issued warnings and banned foreign travelers coming from South Korea and Japan. Around 200 nationals who returned from Asian countries like China, Japan, Thailand and South Korea are currently under quarantine, and the Israeli public has started to panic.