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From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/25/20 8:20 AM 
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February 6, 2020

        "Unconfirmed reports suggest that the Wuhan coronavirus is a biological weapon that was either accidentally or intentionally released from research facilities in Hubei province, China. While these reports are unconfirmed, they shed light on the panic gripping the internet as the new disease continues to mutate into more deadly and virulent forms."

         Nations generally do not like biological warfare. Do you know why? Because every country knows that a biological agent might escape into their own country, and even if it does not escape, once released, it can easily find its way back to the host country once again.      

https://www.ccn.com/israeli-analyst-one-coronavirus-conspiracy-theory-less-crazy-than-you-think/

Israeli Analyst Says One Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory Is Less Crazy Than You Think

Unconfirmed reports suggest the Wuhan Coronavirus may be a bioweapon developed at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

  • Internet sources speculate that the Wuhan coronavirus could be linked to the covert Chinese bioweapons program.
  • While the reports are unconfirmed, they are troubling.
  • Regardless of its origin, the Wuhan coronavirus is spreading around the world with confirmed cases in Asia, Europe and North America.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that the Wuhan coronavirus is a biological weapon that was either accidentally or intentionally released from research facilities in Hubei province, China. While these reports are unconfirmed, they shed light on the panic gripping the internet as the new disease continues to mutate into more deadly and virulent forms.

The Pandemic of Our Time?

The date is January 27, 2020, and over 3,000 people have become sick with a new and mysterious illness. So far, over 80 have died and up to 100,000 may be infected in the worst-case scenario. All across social media, videos emerge purporting to show overcrowded hospitals as well as people collapsing in the streets.

In response to the threat, the Chinese government has launched the most aggressive containment effort in history. Thirteen cities have been placed under quarantine affecting a population of 35 million. It sounds like science fiction, but that is the reality of the current Wuhan coronavirus – the first major outbreak of the nascent 2020 decade.

If unconfirmed reports are to be believed, the truth could be even more bizarre.

Is Coronavirus a Biological Weapon?

The Wuhan Coronavirus is believed to have originated in a wet market located in Wuhan, Hubei province. Scientists are confident that the virus originated in Wuhan because the city is the epicenter of the outbreak and has the largest number of cases. There is some controversy about how, exactly, the outbreak started.

This is were things get weird.

Wuhan is home to several major Chinese biological research labs. In particular, the city is known for the Wuhan Institute of Virology, China’s most advanced biological research lab. The Washington Times suggests that this site may be linked to a covert Chinese biological warfare program. The outlet features Danny Shoham, who claims to be a former Israeli military intelligence officer.

Shoham believes the Wuhan Institute of Virology may be helping the Chinese military with its biological warfare program. He states the following:

Certain laboratories in the institute have probably been engaged, in terms of research and development, in Chinese (biological weapons), at least collaterally, yet not as a principal facility of the Chinese biowarfare alignment.

Shoham stops short of claiming the coronavirus leaked from the institute. Although he admits it’s possible:

In principle, outward virus infiltration might take place either as leakage or as an indoor unnoticed infection of a person that normally went out of the concerned facility. This could have been the case with the Wuhan Institute of Virology. But so far there isn’t evidence or indication for such an incident.

China Must Stop the Coronavirus, Regardless of its Origin

The Coronavirus is an accelerating public health issue that is putting the world on alert. While the Chinese government appears to be doing everything in its power to slow the spread of the deadly disease, many still question its credibility, and refuse to believe the official line of events.

Did the coronavirus emerged from a Wuhan fish market? Or did it leak from a biological warfare institute? None of that matters at this point. The virus is here, and its killing people.

 
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From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/25/20 8:20 AM 
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February 7, 2020

         "Our goal is first to delay the arrival of the virus to Israel – I say 'delay' because it is inevitable that it will arrive here – and then to treat, to identify those infected, to isolate them and treat them."

https://m.jpost.com/HEALTH-SCIENCE/Netanyahu-No-room-for-bureaucracy-when-it-comes-to-treating-coronavirus-616229

Netanyahu approves plan for coronavirus vaccine research base

"Nothing should be spared, and there is no room for bureaucracy when it comes to treating the virus," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed health authorities to work toward a vaccination against the novel coronavirus and approved plans to establish a vaccine factory in the country on Sunday, amid the continued spread of the illness across the globe.

Plans to build a local vaccine production facility were presented by Health Minister Ya'acov Litzman at an emergency meeting on Sunday to discuss the threat posed by the virus, together with ministers and representatives from the Health, Finance, Foreign and Justice Ministries.

"Our preparations [for the virus] will include all branches of the Israeli government," said Netanyahu following the meeting. "Our goal is first to delay the arrival of the virus to Israel – I say 'delay' because it is inevitable that it will arrive here – and then to treat, to identify those infected, to isolate them and treat them."

Netanyahu paid tribute to the Chinese authorities for their efforts to contain the virus, and added that Israel was working with the Palestinian Authority to ensure the implementation of necessary health measures.

"I am making it clear that the State of Israel is currently ahead of the world in many things, even in addressing this issue and we intend to lead in another aspect. I have instructed the Israel Institute for Biological Research and the Ministry of Health to act to create a vaccine for the virus as well as establish a vaccine factory," Netanyahu said. "It is possible that even on this issue, if we work fast enough, with an appropriate budget and the talented people that we have, that Israel will be ahead of the world here too."

The death toll from the coronavirus has now exceeded 300, with over 14,000 confirmed infections worldwide. The first death outside of China was reported on Sunday, when a 44-year-old Chinese resident of Wuhan – the origin and epicenter of the virus – traveling in the Philippines died after developing "severe pneumonia."

Dozens of Israelis arrived on Sunday morning on the last two flights into the country from China before a ban on flights. Those passengers included employees of the Israeli Embassy in China, who swore to stay in isolation for two weeks after landing. At noon, new rules came into force prohibiting foreign nationals who had been to China in the past two weeks from entering Israel.

Following the World Health Organization's declaration of a global health emergency, Israel's Foreign Ministry released a statement recommending that citizens "refrain from flying to China." They also recommended that anyone currently in China leave and return to Israel via a third country due to the cessation of direct flights.

Litzman and Interior Minister Arye Deri toured Ben-Gurion Airport on Sunday afternoon to evaluate measures implemented by the Population and Immigration Authority to prevent the entry of foreign nationals who have recently spent time in China.

"We will not permit anything that will result in harm to public health," said Litzman at the airport. "We are almost certain that the virus will unfortunately arrive in Israel, and we are prepared to do everything that is necessary to take care of it."

Deri said that there was no need for hysteria but that Israel would not be taking "any risks where it concerns human lives" and there was no room for discretion in measures decided by the health authorities. A total of 35 Chinese citizens who arrived on a flight from Moscow on Saturday were refused entry, he said.

Across Israel, several individuals who returned to the country from China in recent days were admitted for tests amid suspicion that they may have contracted the virus. A woman in her fifties from the Golan Heights was sent to the Baruch Padeh Medical Center in Poriya on Sunday after having returned from a business trip to China 10 days prior. She was subsequently instructed to remain in isolation at home and is awaiting test results.

"Our measures are very responsible and are in strict accordance with the new recommendations of the Health Ministry in Israel," said Chen. "The panic is more harmful than the virus itself and can cause greater damage. We appreciate the help from the Israeli government, and we hope this will continue."

The Manufacturers Association of Israel announced that it would open a situation room on Sunday evening to assist Israeli businesses who have not received supplies or payments from Chinese customers.

"The coronavirus that is currently paralyzing the Chinese economy proves that the State of Israel must not lose its manufacturing and economic independence," said president Dr. Ron Tomer, who was appointed to head the association on Thursday.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/25/20 8:21 AM 
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February 9, 2020

        "Barkai said she envisions that if and when the virus comes to Israel, there might be multiple patients who are diagnosed with it at the same time. Sheba has only a limited number of isolation rooms, and if there are too many coronavirus patients, staff and patients could be at risk, even if extreme precautions are taken."

          This does not apply only to Israel, it applies everywhere.

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israels-Sheba-unveils-first-known-coronavirus-telemedicine-program-616632

Israel’s Sheba unveils first known coronavirus telemedicine program

“By minimizing direct contact between the patients and medical personnel, we reduce the percentage risk of healthcare staff contacting the virus.”

Sheba Medical Center has launched the first known coronavirus telemedicine program in the world this week, according to the hospital. The program, which is being tested on Israeli patients suspected of having the respiratory virus, is twofold, according to Dr. Galia Barkai, head of telemedicine services at Sheba.

First, the hospital is using a Vici telemedicine solution designed by California-based virtual healthcare company Intouch Health, which looks like a robot and can enter the infected person’s room and be controlled by doctors or nurses from the outside. The robot can monitor the patient’s vital signs, including heart rate.

“This is one way to use telemedicine to protect our staff,” Barkai explained. “By minimizing direct contact between the patients and medical personnel, we reduce the percentage risk of healthcare staff contracting the virus.”
 
In addition, the hospital plans to provide its Datos Health-designed telemedicine application to less severely ill patients, who can then be monitored by medical professionals from the comfort and isolation of their own homes.
 
Barkai said she envisions that if and when the virus comes to Israel, there might be multiple patients who are diagnosed with it at the same time. Sheba has only a limited number of isolation rooms, and if there are too many coronavirus patients, staff and patients could be at risk, even if extreme precautions are taken.
 
“Less severe patients could be monitored outside the hospital,” she explained. “We would give them our telemedicine application and communicate with them via video at least twice a day. This would allow them to stay more comfortably in their homes and reduce risk within the hospital.”
 
Barkai noted that, so far, Israel does not have patients who have tested positive for the new coronavirus, but that the hospital started testing the system Tuesday on those people who returned from China, reported to the hospital and were put on home quarantine for 14 days – the incubation period of the virus.
 
“Although we don’t have any positive patients in Israel, we are always dealing with suspected patients and preparing for the worst-case scenario,” she said. “So, we are creating all these systems to help us deal with the occasion when we might have to deal with many patients.”
 
The death toll from the monthlong virus outbreak has risen to close to 500 worldwide, all except a few occurring in China, and there continues to be a surge of new cases. Figures released Tuesday by the World Health Organization showed that, so far, 20,630 people in 23 countries are known to have been infected with the coronavirus. A Wednesday report by China’s Health Commission reported nearly 4,000 additional confirmed cases.
 
On Tuesday, Sheba ran the first drill in its new field hospital, which could be used as a dedicated external unit for treating coronavirus patients. The modular unit can be erected quickly in a nearby open area, much like a military field hospital, and would include a special area for examining those people suspected of having the virus, as well as an isolation area for those who test positive.
 
Doctors working in the unit, according to a release by Sheba, would be able to provide all the medical services available in the inpatient hospital building. However, patients hospitalized at Sheba for other reasons would benefit from keeping coronavirus patients outside the main building, as sick people are often immunosuppressed and could be more susceptible to catching the potentially lethal virus.
 
OVER THE past week, the country has convened several high-level meetings to discuss the coronavirus threat. On Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with senior government, health and emergency service executives to help ensure that the country is prepared to protect itself from and combat the spread of the virus.
 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/25/20 8:23 AM 
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February 16, 2020

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/275909

Israel attempts to extricate citizens from Japanese Coronavirus ship

Foreign Ministry asks Japanese authorities to remove 15 Israeli citizens from ship quarantined due to Coronavirus.

On Wednesday, the Foreign Ministry contacted the Japanese authorities to remove Israeli citizens from the quarantined cruise ship due to many passengers being infected with the Coronavirus.

The Foreign Ministry has proposed to the Japanese authorities to explore other isolation options for the 15 Israelis on the ship.

Meanwhile, the Israeli Embassy in Japan provided drugs and kosher food to Israelis who are on the ship, with the assistance of the Japanese authorities.

The Foreign Ministry is also examining how to help citizens return to Israel upon completion of the isolation period, including arranging a letter from the Japanese authorities to allow citizens to fly back to Israel.

Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz said "we will make every effort to bring back the Israelis who are on the Corona ship, while keeping in mind the conditions necessary to protect the public."

There were 3700 passengers and crew on the anchor off the Japanese coast, with 135 of them found to have contracted the Coronavirus.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/25/20 8:26 AM 
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February 18, 2020

        "Grotto is expected to arrive in Japan tomorrow afternoon. Currently, 250 coronavirus cases have been confirmed aboard the cruise ship – the largest amount of concentrated cases in the world, outside of China. Of the 15 Israelis on board, none have been confirmed to be infected."

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israeli-envoy-goes-to-Japan-to-return-Israelis-on-coronavirus-cruise-ship-617704

Israeli envoy goes to Japan to return Israelis on coronavirus cruise ship

"My goal is to make every effort so that the Israelis who are there can quickly and safely reach home," said Health Ministry director-general Prof. Itamar Grotto.

Health Ministry director-general Prof. Itamar Grotto left for Japan Saturday night to work on bringing home the Israelis stuck aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which was quarantined due to cases of coronavirus, Mako reported.

Grotto is expected to arrive in Japan tomorrow afternoon. Currently, 250 coronavirus cases have been confirmed aboard the cruise ship – the largest amount of concentrated cases in the world, outside of China. Of the 15 Israelis on board, none have been confirmed to be infected.

Having made arrangements with the Japanese Health and Foreign ministries, as well as with the Israeli Embassy in Japan, Grotto said that "I will do everything to get them back quickly and safely, while maintaining the health of both the passengers and the Israeli public."

"My goal is to make every effort so that the Israelis who are there can quickly and safely reach home," he added, according to Mako.

Earlier on Saturday, the Japanese Health Ministry announced that the passengers on board the ship will be taken off and examined at hospitals.

At the same time, the US announced plans to evacuate the 380 American citizens on board, to be isolated at special facilities in Texas and California.

Last Wednesday, Foreign Minister Israel Katz announced that efforts were underway to evacuate the Israelis on board the ship within next week. Health Minister Ya'acov Litzman said that while they hope no Israelis are infected, but if they are, they will be treated in Israel.

The Health Ministry began working on new guidelines for the treatment of the virus, should it arrive in Israel. These treatment guidelines will be based on the experiences other countries have had fighting the virus and will include drugs used in the treatment of the flu and HIV/AIDS.

The first coronavirus cases surfaced in December in the city of Wuhan, in China’s Hubei province, and has since spread all over the world. Currently, over 67,000 cases have been confirmed along with 1,527 deaths, though only three deaths have occurred outside of mainland China.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/25/20 8:26 AM 
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February 19, 2020

        "CoughSync simulates a normal cough, clearing secretions from one’s airways. “If you have someone on a ventilator, the standard way to remove secretions from their airways is that a nurse disconnects the patient from the ventilator and puts a catheter in to suction up the secretions...it saves precious staff time by removing secretions automatically instead of a nurse having to do it manually, essential in the case of a mass outbreak like the current one."

https://www.jpost.com/HEALTH-SCIENCE/New-Israeli-invention-used-to-treat-coronavirus-victims-in-China-617530

Israeli invented 'CoughSync' machine to treat coronavirus in China

"It is a completely noninvasive method of clearing secretions that reproduces normal physiology,” said its inventor, Dr. Eliezer Be'eri.

A device invented by a doctor at ALYN Hospital in Jerusalem is at the most months away from being used to help treat patients with coronavirus in China, according to its inventor, Dr. Eliezer Be’eri.

CoughSync, invented 10 years ago by Be’eri to help treat physically challenged and disabled children, adolescents and young adults at ALYN  – the Hebrew acronym for the Association for the Care of Disabled Children – was developed into a working device by an Israeli start-up. Then, three years ago, when the team was looking for a manufacturer and additional funding, Beijing-based Ruxin Medical Systems stepped in. Since then, Ruxin has been moving the device forward.

Now, with the Covid-19 epidemic spreading rapidly across China – close to 60,000 people have been diagnosed with the virus and at least 1,523 people have died of the disease in the world’s most populous country as of Saturday – Ruxin reached out to the country’s National Medical Products Administration to speed up its regulatory approval process and get the device into hospitals and helping patients.

“We are in an advanced stage of the regulatory process in China and hope to have approval within a few months," said Danbei Xu, CEO of Ruxin Medical Systems. CoughSync simulates a normal cough, clearing secretions from one’s airways.

“If you have someone on a ventilator, the standard way to remove secretions from their airways is that a nurse disconnects the patient from the ventilator and puts a catheter in to suction up the secretions,” Be’eri explained.

The alternative developed and used by ALYN is cough simulation.

“What happens when you cough? You take a deep breath of air in and rapidly expel the air, which clears the secretions because the airflow is so fast,” Be’eri said. “CoughSync connects to the ventilator and works in synchrony. The ventilator gives the person a breath in, and the suction device sucks the air out rapidly as if the patient coughed, bringing the secretions up without disconnecting the ventilator.

“It is a completely noninvasive method of clearing secretions that reproduces normal physiology,” he concluded.

The device could prove essential when treating patients with coronavirus.

First, it saves precious staff time by removing secretions automatically instead of a nurse having to do it manually, essential in the case of a mass outbreak like the current one. Second, Be’eri said it could decrease the spread of the contagion.

“Not having nurses deal with patients directly in terms of their secretions could decrease the infectivity of the virus,” he said.

A benefit for all patients – and not just those with the coronavirus – is that the device could make ventilation more effective so patients can be weaned off ventilators more quickly.

The device is already approved for use in Europe. As soon as China approves its manufacturing, which Be’eri said Ruxin expects could happen within weeks to at most months, then it will be used in China. After that, he said he hopes Israel will approve its use, too.

Be’eri made a video last week to help support the fast-tracking of its approval in China, which was widely disseminated on the Internet and picked up by Israeli media. He noted that his device is just one of the many developed at ALYN, which three years ago launched an innovation center to create new devices for helping people with disabilities.

“My device comes on the backdrop of innovation being the general approach at ALYN,” he said.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/25/20 8:27 AM 
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February 19, 2020

        "Eyal Leshem, director of the Center for Travel Medicine and Tropical Diseases at Sheba Medical Center, told The Jerusalem Post that authorities are dealing with what could be called a “Catch-22.” He said that being quarantined on the ship has likely increased the risk of Israelis becoming infected, however there was no other choice but to issue such a quarantine."

https://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Two-Israelis-catch-coronavirus-report-617730

Three Israelis on ‘Diamond Princess’ cruise ship contract coronavirus

Americans evacuate US passengers from the boat as Israel announces new travel restrictions and flight cancellations.

Passengers wearing mask are seen on the cruise ship Diamond Princess, as the vessel's passengers continue to be tested for coronavirus, at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan February 13, 2020 (photo credit: REUTERS/KIM KYUNG-HOON)
An Israeli couple who had been traveling aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship were diagnosed with coronavirus on Sunday morning and are hospitalized in an American hospital about an hour outside of Tokyo, according to a report by the Israeli Health Ministry. A third Israeli woman was diagnosed with the virus on Sunday night.
 
The Foreign Ministry said it was assessing the situation to determine next steps with the rest of the 15 Israeli passengers who were on board the ship but who had not been diagnosed with the virus. The ministry said it was considering evacuating the Israelis via a chartered plane and returning them to Israel, as the Americans did on Sunday. Several other countries announced similar plans, including Canada, South Korea, Hong Kong and Italy.
 
According to reports by Japanese health authorities, the infected Israelis were in stable condition with mild symptoms. They were transferred from the ship to a hospital in Japan, the ministry reported. A doctor from Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Center, Prof. Ran Nir-Paz, was set to leave for Japan on Monday morning to oversee the treatment of the infected Israelis.
 
“The reason for the trip is to ensure they are getting the right treatment,” said Nir-Paz, who specializes in microbiology and infectious diseases. “We need to make sure that they can come home healthy without affecting those they travel with and those back in Israel.”
 
When asked if he was scared to travel to Japan given how contagious the virus is, he said, “It shouldn’t be a dangerous mission. My family is naturally concerned. I sat with them and showed then the numbers to show the risk is not big. I received their blessing for a safe journey.”
 
Channel 12 interviewed Grotto after he arrived on the scene Sunday. He said that the infected Israelis were receiving quality care and that they would be able to return to the country if their blood tests came back clean and they were found to no longer be contagious. He said he believed that the Israelis would be evacuated soon and that they would be taken back to their homeland on a direct flight arranged possibly via insurance companies. According to reports by Japanese officials, blood samples were taken from the Israelis before their potential removal from the ship – which is how they were diagnosed.
 
Eyal Leshem, director of the Center for Travel Medicine and Tropical Diseases at Sheba Medical Center, told The Jerusalem Post that authorities are dealing with what could be called a “Catch-22.” He said that being quarantined on the ship has likely increased the risk of Israelis becoming infected, however there was no other choice but to issue such a quarantine.
 
Seventy more people were confirmed to have the virus on board the ship Sunday, bringing the number of cases from the ship to 355, the most anywhere outside China.
 
“Why are they getting infected?” he asked. “There is close contact between people that [both] are and are not infected. Another possibility is that some crew members were in contact with many passengers and ended up spreading the disease.”
 
He noted that the virus can spread through the air-conditioning system as well, but that this was only speculation, as no one yet knows the details of the precautions taken on the Diamond Princess.
 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/25/20 8:28 AM 
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February 21, 2020

        "This announcement joins the restriction imposed on foreign nationals entering from China earlier this month. Under the orders of Minister of Health Yaakov Litzman, the Ministry of Health ordered Minister Deri to prevent entry into Israel by those who are neither citizens nor residents of Israel and who have stayed in China recently. Their entry was prevented via both land and maritime border crossings."

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israel-bars-entry-to-foreign-citizens-who-visited-Asia-recently-617910

Israel bars entry to foreign citizens who visited Asia recently

The ban is relevant for those who have stayed in Thailand, Macau, Singapore or Hong Kong in the past two weeks.

In light of the Ministry of Health's recommendation, and fearing an outbreak of Coronavirus in the country, Minister of the Interior Aryeh Deri announced on Monday evening that Israel would prohibit anyone who has recently stayed in various destinations in certain Southeast-Asian countries and does not hold Israeli citizenship from entering the country.

The instruction is relevant for those who have stayed in Thailand, Macau, Singapore or Hong Kong in the past two weeks.
 
The new order was signed by the CEO of the Population and Immigration Authority, and is expected to take effect sometime during the coming week. 
 
This announcement joins the restriction imposed on foreign nationals entering from China earlier this month. Under the orders of Minister of Health Yaakov Litzman, the Ministry of Health ordered Minister Deri to prevent entry into Israel by those who are neither citizens nor residents of Israel and who have stayed in China recently. Their entry was prevented via both land and maritime border crossings. 
 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/25/20 8:29 AM 
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February 23, 2020

          "A vote in Israel's Knesset on forming a committee of MKs to deal with the coronavirus that was set for Monday was postponed until after the March 2 election."

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Polling-stations-planned-for-corona-victims-617889

Polling stations planned for coronavirus victims

Polling stations could be created across the country for voters who are in their required 14 days of isolation following their return from China, Thailand and other countries in Asia.

Central Elections Committee Director-General Orly Ades and Health Ministry Director-General Moshe Bar Siman Tov met on Monday to discuss the impact of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus on the March 2 election.
 
They said polling stations could be created across the country for voters who are in their required 14 days of isolation following their return from China, Thailand and other Asian countries. Dozens of Israelis fall into that category, the Central Elections Committee said.
 
“Currently, polling stations are in public places, so the Health Ministry asked for help in the matter,” the Central Elections Committee said in a statement.
 
The committee said if special polling stations will be added for those in isolation, they would not be in the same buildings as other polling stations. They might even be placed in health clinics.
 
There are also concerns that the virus could lower voter turnout or be used by one party to discourage voters of rival parties to cast ballots. Another possibility discussed was that the Health Ministry will operate a hotline on Election Day to prevent rumors about an outbreak of the virus in areas with low voter turnout.
 
Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman joined the meeting following voting in the Knesset.
 
A vote in the Knesset on forming a committee of MKs to deal with the coronavirus that was set for Monday was postponed until after the March 2 election.
 
Blue and White MK Zvi Hauser, who initiated the effort to form the committee, said it was unfortunate that a consensus could not be found to deal with such a truly urgent issue.
 

 
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February 23, 2020

        “Those who breach the finance departments of pharma companies can also break into their labs,” he continued. “These criminals are able to alter the composition of medicines and do even worse. We have no proof that the current virus is the result of a cyberattack, although we know that it could be...This is a promo of what a high-quality, pinpointed cyberattack can do to the world.”

https://www.jpost.com/HEALTH-SCIENCE/A-coronavirus-like-disease-can-be-created-through-cyber-attack-618084

Cyber pioneer asks: Is the coronavirus the result of a cyberattack?

"Those who know how to hack into financial bodies can also hack pharmaceutical companies and create a virus."

The founder and chairman of Jerusalem Venture Partners warned 350 mayors and city leaders that a cyberattack could bring the next coronavirus.

“The outbreak of the [coronavirus] and the way the world is dealing with it, is like a script for the onset of global cyberattacks,” Erel Margalit said at Wednesday’s Local Government Innovation Conference at Muni Expo 2020. “We have witnessed cyber breaches at drug companies in the past, such as the Dragonfly virus in 2013, but so far what we have witnessed is theft.

“Those who breach the finance departments of pharma companies can also break into their labs,” he continued. “These criminals are able to alter the composition of medicines and do even worse. We have no proof that the current virus is the result of a cyberattack, although we know that it could be.”

Margalit said that the criminals and cyberterrorists who are planning the next attack, and the companies who are working to defend against them, are studying the effects of the virus 24/7.

“They see how it is crossing borders, creating global panic which has a real impact on the international economy,” he said. “This is a promo of what a high-quality, pinpointed cyberattack can do to the world.”

 

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