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After Israel’s national airline halted flights to China due to the coronavirus, the Ministry of Health issued a ban on direct flights until the end of March.

By United with Israel Staff and JNS

Israel’s El Al on Thursday joined the growing list of carriers suspending flights to China due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

Following the move, Israel’s Health Ministry moved to bar all flights from China in an effort to prevent the coronavirus from entering the Jewish state, Times of Israel reported.

The last two flights were set to land in Israel on Thursday night.

With regard to El Al, it announced on Thursday that it was suspending flights to Beijing until March 25, the Israeli business daily Globes reported. It usually has three flights a week from Tel Aviv to Beijing.

British Airways, United, American, Air Asia, Finnair, Air India and Lufthansa are among the airlines to have cancelled flights to China, according to the report.

Chinese officials and the World Health Organization have confirmed more than 7,700 cases of the illness as of Thursday, reported The New York Times.

The outbreak has claimed the lives of 170 people in China so far, according to Chinese reports, with the true number likely being much higher.

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