Joint List head Odeh tests positive for coronavirus

The MK, who heads the alliance of Israel's Arab parties, makes the announcement on Facebook just hours after environmental protection minister confirms she also contracted the virus

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Joint List party leader MK Ayman Odeh on Sunday revealed he has tested positive for coronavirus.
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  • Odeh, who heads Israel's biggest alliance of Arab parties, made the announcement on Facebook, just hours after Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel from Likud also said she has contracted COVID-19.
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    Ayman Odeh
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    "This morning I had a fever, I did a test and the result came back positive," Odeh wrote. "Everyone I have been in contact with should follow the instructions. I will enter self-isolation and ask everyone to take the virus seriously."
    A statement from the Joint List said that Odeh is suffering from mild symptoms and is feeling well.
    "Apart from a slight fever I feel fine and I will continue to work for the public while in isolation," Odeh said. "I urge everyone to be more careful. The virus is real, dangerous, and contagious."
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    nvironmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel
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    Odeh and Gamliel are not the first Israeli politicians to contract the virus. In August, Blue & White Immigration and Absorption Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata tested positive for the coronavirus.
    Tamano-Shata was followed by Jewish Home Jerusalem Affairs Minister Rafi Peretz and former Health Minister Yaakov Litzman of United Torah Judaism.
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