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Woman indicted for breaking quarantine while infected with COVID

Prosecutors charge Netivot resident with ‘an act that may spread a life-threatening disease’ for visiting her father at hospital despite testing positive

Illustrative: A policeman holds handcuffs. (Yossi Zamir/Flash90)
Illustrative: A policeman holds handcuffs. (Yossi Zamir/Flash90)

State prosecutors on Monday filed charges against an Israeli woman accused of violating quarantine while infected with COVID-19.

According to the indictment filed at the Beersheba Magistrate’s Court, the 26-year-old Netivot resident broke quarantine after testing positive for COVID and came to Soroka hospital in Beersheba to visit her father.

She was charged with “an act that may spread a life-threatening disease.”

Those convicted for the offense can face up to three years in prison, though those found to have done so knowingly can be hit with a prison sentence of up to seven years.

“In the indictment it is noted that by her actions, the defendant knowingly committed an act that may spread a life-threatening disease,” a statement from the State Attorney’s Office said.

The statement said the indictment was the first of its type since enforcement resumed in September.

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