Aug 19, 2020 03:56 PM

90 Chinese Workers Test Positive for Covid-19 in Israel

What’s new: The Chinese embassy in Israel confirmed (link in Chinese) Tuesday that about 90 people at a Chinese construction worker residential community in Petah Tikva in central Israel, had tested positive for the coronavirus. All of the cases had either mild symptoms or were asymptomatic.

The local health authorities tested all the Chinese workers living in the area on Friday after news broke about the cluster. The infected workers have been sent to designated hotels for quarantine or hospitals for treatment.

The local Israeli government has sealed off the residential area and asked workers who tested negative to quarantined at home until further testing can ensure they are have not contracted the virus.

The background: While life in most parts of China has gotten back on track with the epidemic largely under control, outbreaks have emerged among Chinese citizens working outside of the country. In mid-July, at least 12 Chinese workers at a Chinese state-owned oil refinery in Russia tested positive.

Israel has been battling a wave of Covid-19 cases since the government eased social distancing restrictions in May. As of Wednesday, a total of 96,409 people in Israel have tested positive and 708 people have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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