Israeli ministry cancels youth visits to Poland for fear of coronavirus

Every year thousands of young Israelis, aged 16-18, come to Poland to visit Holocaust commemoration sites. Andrzej Grygiel/PAP

The Israeli Education Ministry has decided to cancel all youth trips to Poland planned by March 4 for fear of coronavirus, Israeli Education Minister Rafi Peretz has announced.

Minister Peretz said there was no such thing as excessive precautionary measures and added that the Education Ministry was strictly following the recommendations of the Health Ministry.

The Israeli Education Ministry on Sunday ordered some 200 students to stay at home for a 14-day quarantine after they had met with pilgrims from South Korea, 18 of whom tested positive for coronavirus after their return home.

Peretz admitted that no coronavirus cases had so far been reported in Poland.

Every year thousands of young Israelis, aged 16-18, come to Poland to visit Holocaust commemoration sites.