Israeli Health Minister Litzman diagnosed with COVID-19

Litzman talks to the media ahead of the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem February 16, 2020. REUTERS/File

MOSCOW: Israeli Health Minister Ya'acov Litzman has gotten infected with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

According to Sputnik news agency – quoting a Jerusalem Post report citing a Health Ministry spokesperson – Litzman and his wife, diagnosed with COVID-19, will go into quarantine.

In line with medical recommendations, the minister will continue to perform his duties from home.

According to the Health Ministry, the number of coronavirus cases in Israel totals 6,092, with 26 deaths.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on March 11 declared the outbreak of the new coronavirus disease a pandemic. According to the latest WHO data, more than 823,000 cases of infection have been registered worldwide, with over 40,000 deaths.

According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 932,000 people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, with over 46,000 fatalities.