Israel’s Health Minister Tests Positive For COVID-19 After Ignoring Lockdown Rules

Health minister Yaakov Litzman speaks during a press conference at the Prime Ministers office in Jerusalem on March 12, 2020. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90 *** Local Caption *** יעקב ליצמן שר הבריאות קורונה וירוס

Israel’s Health Minister Yaakov Litzman has been accused of flouting his own lockdown rules after continuing to attend group prayers – despite a ban on gatherings.

Yaakov Litzman has tested positive for COVID-19, causing chaos in Israel’s highest political office as leaders working to tackle the virus crisis are forced into quarantine.

Several senior officials in Benjamin Netanyahu’s Cabinet, have been forced to go into isolation after the 71-year-old minister contracted coronavirus.

Yaakov Litzman claimed coronavirus is “divine punishment” for homosexuality.

The Prime Minister had already been in isolation after one of his senior aides tested positive for COVID-19.

The Health Minister’s diagnosis has reportedly forced 70-year-old Mr Netanyahu back into quarantine.

Mr Litzman is accused of continuing to attend group prayers in breach of his Ministry’s own guidelines days before he was diagnosed with coronavirus, according to the Times of Israel quoting a television report.


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