Israel’s Education and Health ministries have decided to close down the Israeli education system through Pesach, Israeli media reported Thursday. The decision comes as the coronavirus spreads across Israel, reaching 104 patients.
According to Channel 13, the decision was already presented to the prime minister, who accepted it. A formal announcement is expected Thursday evening and will contain the details of the closure.
Also on Thursday, four more Israelis have tested positive for the virus, bringing the country’s total sick count to 104. The Health Ministry said it will release further details on the cases.
On Wednesday, the Health Ministry banned gatherings of more than 100 people in enclosed spaces, prompting the head of Israel Teachers’ Union to demand the immediate closure of all schools.
Several school students in Israel have already been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.