AIPAC attendees arriving home after March 5 also require isolation. Three conference attendees have been diagnosed with COVID-19, two from New York and one from Los Angeles.

The backdrop of the stage at last year’s AIPAC conference in Washington, DC (photo credit: REUTERS)
The backdrop of the stage at last year’s AIPAC conference in Washington, DC (photo credit: REUTERS)


The Health Ministry is considering adding the American states of Washington, New York and California to the list of places requiring 14 days of home-quarantine.

In an interview with Channel 12, Health Ministry director-general Moshe Bar Siman Tov said the ministry was making decisions regarding the United States not as one country but on a state-by-state basis.

As such, he said that as of Saturday night, the only states from which travelers might require quarantine are Washington, New York and California. Other states could be added to the list in the future.

He told Channel 12 a final decision would be made late by early Sunday.

Other Western nations – including Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands – are also being considered for quarantine. The ministry is waiting to receive news about the coronavirus situation in all of these countries before making a decision, which Bar Siman Tov said would be done in close cooperation with the National Security Council.

At the same time, all Israelis who attended the AIPAC Policy Conference last week in Washington and returned to the country after March 5 must immediately enter home-quarantine, a spokesperson for the Health Ministry told The Jerusalem Post on Saturday.

The decision regarding the AIPAC policy conference came after at least two New Yorkers who attended conference, held February 28 to March 2, tested positive for the coronavirus, the pro-Israel lobby confirmed on Friday.

Overnight, NBC Los Angeles reported that a third AIPAC attendee was diagnosed with COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in LA County to 14.

As reported by The Jerusalem Post