ישיבת בית מתתיהו בבני ברק
Police forces at the entrance to Yeshivat Beit Matityahu
Photo: Itay Blumenthal
Police forces at the entrance to Yeshivat Beit Matityahu

140 students at Bnei Brak yeshiva test positive for coronavirus

Health officials say 80 of the infected from Yeshivat Beit Matityahu have already been transferred to hotels, turned into virus recovery centers, and 60 others still awaiting to be evacuated; mayor approves boosting enforcement teams to focus on yeshivas

Itay Blumenthal |
Published: 07.05.20 , 09:43
At least 140 students from a yeshiva in the Haredi city of Bnei Brak have tested positive for coronavirus, health officials confirmed on Sunday.
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  • Bnei Brak has emerged as COVID-19 hotspot at the start of the epidemic in Israel and currently has the second highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country, with Jerusalem currently topping the alarming chart.
    ישיבת בית מתתיהו בבני ברקישיבת בית מתתיהו בבני ברק
    Police forces at the entrance to Yeshivat Beit Matityahu
    (Photo: Itay Blumenthal )
    Eighty of the infected at Yeshivat Beit Matityahu have already been transported to specially designated hotels, meant to treat patients in mild condition, and 60 others are still waiting to be evacuated.
    The students will most likely be taken to a coronavirus treatment center in Nir Etzion, a religious moshav shitufi in northern Israel, which is set to begin operating sometime on Sunday.
    There are over 500 students attending the prestigious religious school, all of whom are currently in isolation.
    ישיבת חירום של עיירית בני ברקישיבת חירום של עיירית בני ברק
    Bnei Brak Municipality convenes meeting amid outbreak in the city
    Last week, when the outbreak at the yeshiva was first revealed, Bnei Brak Municipality in an emergency meeting, decided to impose restrictions on movement in and around the educational institution, with police enforcing entry bans on anyone who is not a resident of the street where the school is located.
    Bnei Brak Mayor Rabbi Avraham Rubinstein also approved the decision to boost enforcement teams, which will focus on private educational institutions and yeshivas in the city.
    "The policy in Bnei Brak is zero tolerance for any violation of coronavirus regulations," said the mayor. "We will continue to abide the laws in order to stop the infection."

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