Skip To Content

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Fast Forward

Israel’s health minister tests positive for coronavirus

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Health Minister Yaakov Litzman has been diagnosed with the coronavirus.

The announcement that Litzman and his wife tested positive for the deadly virus came late Wednesday night. Litzman, 71, has mild symptoms, according to reports. He is continuing to work from home, his office told Israeli media. The entire Health Ministry staff also has gone into self-isolation and is working from home.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mossad Director Yossi Cohen and National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat all went into quarantine following the announcement since they have all met with the health minister in recent days. Hadassah Hospital CEO Zeev Rothstein also met with Litzman in recent days and went into quarantine.  Netanyahu had just left quarantine on Wednesday because the husband of one of his close advisers had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Litzman, a Ger Hasid who heads the Agudat Israel faction of the United Torah Judaism party, is a resident of Jerusalem.

As a public service during this pandemic, the Forward is providing free, unlimited access to all coronavirus articles. If you’d like to support our independent Jewish journalism, click here.

He has been health minister since 2019, and previously led the ministry from 2015-2017, and served from 2009-2013 as deputy health minister.

Litzman has been accused of being lenient in enforcing social distancing rules in the haredi Orthodox community, including refraining from closing synagogues and stopping prayer quorums in a timely fashion.

As of late Thursday morning, in Israel there have been 32 deaths from coronavirus and 6,211 cases diagnosed.

The post Israeli Health Minister Yaakov Litzman tests positive for the coronavirus appeared first on Jewish Telegraphic Agency.


Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.