Israel turns back travellers from Italy over virus fears

Israel denied entry to dozens of foreign nationals who landed on flights from Italy on Thursday, as the Jewish state…

Israel denied entry to dozens of foreign nationals who landed on flights from Italy on Thursday, as the Jewish state discouraged travel as part of efforts to contain the spread of the new coronavirus.

The interior ministry had announced travellers from Italy would not be granted entry, adding it to a list of barred countries including Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Singapore as well as Macau and Hong Kong.

Three flights originating from Italy then landed at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport.

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