Rivka Paluch, left with Sara Netanyahu
Rivka Paluch left, with Sara Netanyahu
Photo: Amit Shabi
Rivka Paluch left, with Sara Netanyahu

Netanyahu aide tests positive for coronavirus

The Prime Minister's Office says they will follow Health Ministry guidelines in responding to this development; If Ms. Paluch and the prime minister were in the same room for more than 15 minutes Netanyahu may be required to quarantine

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Published: 03.30.20 , 08:15
An adviser to incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus, raising fears that she may have infected the premier while the two met on Thursday.

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  • Rivka Paluch, who aides the prime minister on issues concerning ultra-Orthodox affairs, tested positive after her husband was admitted to the hospital with the virus.
    Rivka Paluch, left with Sara NetanyahuRivka Paluch, left with Sara Netanyahu
    Rivka Paluch left, with Sara Netanyahu
    (Photo: Amit Shabi)
    Paluch denies that she had any close contact with Netanyahu during their meeting at the Knesset and doubts she transmitted the disease to anyone.
    The Prime Minister's Office says they will follow Health Ministry guidelines in responding to this development.
    The incident is currently being investigated, and if it is found that Netanyahu had spent more than 15 minutes with Paluch in the same room, he may be forced into a 14-day quarantine.
    Israel Resilience party leader Benny Gantz may also be subject to self-isolation, according to The Post, meeting with Netanyahu for late-night talks government talks during the weekend.

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