Israelis don’t trust Australia’s Coronavirus quarantine

With the coronavirus pandemic spreading, Israel has added Australia to the list of countries from which returning travelers will be required to enter quarantine:

“We are prepared to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Israel,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated during an emergency meeting at the Health Ministry in Tel Aviv Sunday in an effort to calm the country…

The Health Ministry added that as of Sunday anyone who has been in South Korea or Japan for the last 14 days must be in house isolation until 14 days have elapsed from the time of their departure from these countries.

Japan and South Korea were added to a growing list of countries that the ministry has labelled as contagious and is requiring travelers who return from them to enter quarantine. The other countries are China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Thailand.

As of Sunday, the entry of non-residents or citizens of Israel who were in South Korea during the 14 days prior to their arrival in Israel was prevented. As of Monday, this directive will also apply for those arriving from Japan…

“Today, we added Australia and Italy to the list of countries from which returning travelers will be required to enter quarantine,” the prime minister said. “As necessary, we will add other countries to the list.

“I said that over-preparation is better than lack of preparation,” he continued. “To date, Israel has been more stringent than any other country, and we will continue to do what is necessary to prevent the spread of the virus in Israel.”

With the Morrison Government mulling lifting the Chinese travel for international students, Israel is right to be wary.

Unlike the Australian Government, the Israelis are putting public health above short-term financial interests.

Leith van Onselen
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  1. Is the Coronavirus heat weakened, seems to not be in many hot countries, except Singapore. I am really concerned that everyone is underestimating the danger of this virus, i would say if i could work from home i would definitely do it. Being in a centrally aircond building, is prone to spreading this virus.

  2. When it comes to security and risk management, I’m far more inclined to accept the Israelis’ judgement over that of the morons in Canberra. Israel thinks Australia is a potential coronavirus hotspot. Plan accordingly.

      • I suspect Israeli intelligence has been trying to advise Australia as to what it ought to be doing. No doubt for doing the reasonable sensible thing it will be slandered in the press and public. I forget the virus movie where Jerusalem was the last refuge … life imitating art?

  3. Gee scummo betting that he somehow knows better than the J3ws and the Chin3s3

    Good luck with that

    EDIT: when did j3w and chin3s3 become swear words?
    Why should people pay you $199/yr for this kind of treatment

  4. this is the my response to health operations ([email protected]) after I received a bot answer to my initial e-mail that still talked about banning all foreign national who has been in, or transited through, mainland China during the 14-day period immediately before seeking to enter Australia.

    Dear Health Operations,

    This does not answer my query. In fact the statement in your e-mail response “the Australian Government is denying entry to Australia to any foreign national who has been in, or transited through, mainland China during the 14-day period immediately before seeking to enter Australia” is now incorrect given the exception announced for year 11 and 12 students.This was the issue in my e-mail. Again restating my concerns I feel that the health well being of Australian Citizens should be the PRIMARY consideration of my elected government and health officials. I fear that this announcement, as well as possible future announcements in admitting international tertiary students are putting international relations and revenue ahead of the well-being of Citizens. Whatever has been said, this decision is irrefutably increasing the risk of virus infections to Australian Citizens, given that:

    – The virus has now been widely reported (including Washington Post) of having cases of incubation period of 24 days+.
    – Asymptomatic transmission of the virus is widely reported.
    – Multiple outbreaks now occurring across the globe including multiple experts warning of global pandemic being inevitable.
    – Documented “cured” cases showing signs of the virus/reinfection.
    – The death rate of the virus being over 10-20 that of the flu, especially in the elderly and those with medical pre-conditions.
    – A Vaccine is still probably 12+ months away but the virus could mutate and render the vaccine obsolete.

    Australia’s travel restrictions have done well to limit spread (Italy, Hong Kong, South Korea and Iran did not put in place restrictions as quickly as Australia, and now may be too late).

    Relaxing restrictions and accepting ANY additional people from infected regions is increasing the risk to Australian Citizens, that is certain. The HEALTH and safety of Australian Citizens should be the PRIMARY consideration. Furthermore, any basic financial/risk analysis will show that the $$$ impact to Australia if an outbreak occurs (even taking into account the slight probability increase), will be immensely greater than not admitting a few hundred students 11/12 students or a few thousand tertiary students.

    I urge our health officials and the Australian government to reconsider this advice and announcement.

  5. I feel for the poor Chinese.

    They may have Xi the God King for life , but he’s no Scomo .

    Whilst XI may have the globe’s most comprehensive reporting and surveillance system covering China , he obviously lacks the omnipotent prescience of Scotty from marketing.

    How else to account for the discrepancies in insight into the situation in China ? Here’s Xi’s limited opinion on the matter :

    Xi sounded a note of caution in the face of hopes abroad that the disease that has killed more than 2400 people since December might be under control. He said the situation was at a “critical stage” and called on officials to “resolutely curb the spread of the epidemic”.

    “The current epidemic situation is still grim and complex,” Xinhua cited Xi as saying. “Prevention and control are at the most critical stage.”

    Yet Scomo has told us that it’s all good in China , Bro !! Open those borders and get this party happening !

  6. Poor Fellow My Country

    Not sure how fast the 3rd country travel restrictions will spread but if the default is any country that has had cases then every soon a HUGE chunk of global travel will be shut down

    And even if it isn’t, how many people who don’t really need to are going to sit in an aircraft or in a crowded airport for any period of time with potential cases (i.e. anyone) when they saw how rapidly it went round that cruise ship? I won’t.

    I was planning to go to Italy but even if not caught by travel restrictions which may be applied, there is no way I am going now. Even apart from the health risk, I cannot afford to spend 2 weeks on Christmas Island (or worse some camp overseas) when I have bills to pay. Italy will suffer big time this tourist season, which is a shame because it is a beautiful country and many of its people are heavily reliant on tourist spending. And I don’t feel like going to an unaffected country e.g. Austria etc is any better. For me, it’s the getting into the whole international travel system that is now a no go. Not to mention that very rapidly, if not already, travel insurance will be useless in any country.

    If there is an easy out to this for any economy, I really cannot see it. Much less Australia which has been teetering on the brink in recent months anyway.

    If there were even a time to block your ears to the Government/Domainfax Politburu/Fake left propaganda and think for yourself, I reckon that would be now.

    PS I would dump or short those airline shares too …

  7. Every international student coming to AUS should conduct a compulsory visit to the parliament house in Canberra before they are allow to return to their university. that will make the policymakers think clearly about RISK

  8. I see that the tactic to appease the Chinese masters is to now say that it’s too late for containment. That keeping borders shut is counterproductive.

    FFS !!!

    News.com just says exactly that. We live on an island….a naturally isolated and secure environment. We have a manageable number of cases. Shut the borders now.

    But Scomo is still up at night’s worrying about the year 11 hopes of a Chinese student meant to begin their taxpayer subsidised education in Victoria….

  9. This was my original e-mail for those that asked to see it here. Sent it to [email protected]
    I received a bit of a bot response from [email protected] to which i responded (can be seen above).

    Hi Health/Government team,

    This is the first time I have felt the need to write such an e-mail. I feel that the health and safety of Australian Citizens should be the PRIMARY consideration of my elected government and health officials. I fear that this announcement, as well as possible future announcements in admitting international tertiary students are putting international relations and revenue ahead of the well-being of Citizens. Whatever has been said, this decision is irrefutably increasing the risk of virus infections to Australian Citizens, given that:

    – The virus has now been widely reported (including Washington Post) of having cases of incubation period of 24 days+.
    – Asymptomatic transmission of the virus is widely reported.
    – Multiple outbreaks now occurring across the globe including multiple experts warning of global pandemic being inevitable.
    – Documented “cured” cases showing signs of the virus/reinfection.
    – The death rate of the virus being over 10-20 that of the flu, especially in the elderly and those with medical pre-conditions.
    – A Vaccine is still probably 12+ months away but the virus could mutate and render the vaccine obsolete.

    Australia’s travel restrictions have done well to limit spread (Italy, Hong Kong, South Korea and Iran did not put in place restrictions as quickly as Australia, and now may be too late).

    Relaxing restrictions and accepting ANY additional people from infected regions is increasing the risk to Australian Citizens, that is certain. The HEALTH and safety of Australian Citizens should be the PRIMARY consideration. Furthermore, any basic financial/risk analysis will show that the $$$ impact to Australia if an outbreak occurs (even taking into account the slight probability increase), will be immensely greater than not admitting a few hundred students 11/12 students or a few thousand tertiary students.

    I urge the our health officials and the Australian government to reconsider this advice and announcement.

  10. Given this country has a left wing feminazis woke movement that gives succour and support to terrorists by crying racism at every point I’m surprised Israel does not already have this this country on restricted entry.

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