Israel’s Health Ministry on Tuesday night ordered Interior Minister Aryeh Deri and Agriculture Minister Tzachi Hanegbi, as well as Knesset members Alon Schuster and Ram Ben-Barak, to quarantine themselves for 14 days due to possible exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The four elected officials took part in a meeting on Sunday also attended by Merhavim Regional Council leader Shai Hajaj, who has tested positive for the virus. The meeting, held in a conference room at the Interior Ministry in Jerusalem, was conducted in accordance with Health Ministry social-distancing directives.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise, with the ministry reporting on Wednesday that 427  have tested positive for the virus.

The government announced a series of new restrictions on Tuesday to check the spread of the virus and is preparing for the possibility of a full lockdown.

A version of this article first appeared in Israel Hayom.

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