A Knesset cafeteria worker, responsible for serving coffee to MKs, has tested positive for COVID-19, it was announced Friday, sparking concerns that an outbreak of contagion at the parliament could get worse.
Two MKs, two spokespeople for lawmakers, and eight other staffers at the parliament building had already tested positive this week, Likud MK David Bitan has been hospitalized for almost two weeks with a serious case of the virus, and the Likud’s faction director Aliza Brashi has also contracted it, Hebrew media reports said Friday.
The cafeteria worker was in contact with large numbers of MKs, who are now waiting for guidance on whether they need to quarantine, the reports said.
The Knesset was a particularly intense building this week as MKs voted down a bill that would have delayed elections on Monday-Tuesday night, and then conducted final business before parliament dissolved and new elections were called at midnight on Tuesday.
Testing positive for COVID earlier this week were MKs Hila Shay Vazan from the Blue and White party and Yaakov Asher from United Torah Judaism.
On Thursday, the family of Likud MK Bitan said his condition had improved a little.
In a post to Bitan’s official Twitter account, the family wrote that he is communicating with those around him, though he is still hooked up to an apparatus to assist his heart and lungs — an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine.