WORLD Netanyahu tests negative for coronavirus after his aide's infection


Netanyahu tests negative for coronavirus after his aide's infection


07:15, March 31, 2020


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JERUSALEM, March 30 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was tested negative for the novel coronavirus, his office said on Monday, after one of his aides has contracted the virus.

The prime minister's office said in a statement that the tests of Netanyahu's family and his close team also came out negative.

The tests were conducted earlier on Monday after it was found out that his advisor Rivka Paluch had been infected with the virus.

The prime minister was expected to stay in quarantine despite the test result until the epidemiological investigation into the case is concluded.

Netanyahu was leading efforts to contain the coronavirus spread in Israel while struggling to finalize a new coalition government with his former opponent Benny Gantz, leader of the centrist Blue and White party.

Netanyahu is also facing a criminal trial set to begin on May 24, over his suspected bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three separate cases.

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