Benjamin Netanyahu has tested negative for coronavirus, his office revealed on Sunday. The prime minister decided to be tested despite not showing any symptoms before the check, according to an official statement.
The statement comes after the prime minister stated that Israel would use counter-terrorism technology to detect coronavirus patients and those who skip mandatory quarantine.
All foreigners entering the country have been required to self-isolate for 14 days, while all schools, restaurants, cafes, gyms, and most of businesses have been shut.
According to the Israeli Health Ministry, the number of Israelis who have contracted the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) rose to 127 on 13 March amid the nation’s struggle to contain the spread.
In late January, Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit officially filed criminal charges against Netanyahu, who has long been the subject of multiple corruption investigations. The charges include bribery, fraud, and breach of trust.