Israel's health minister and his wife were diagnosed with coronavirus and are in isolation following guidelines, the health ministry said on Thursday.
An Israeli parliamentary committee on March 31 approved the collection of personal data on citizens by domestic spy agencies, a controversial measure enacted for the objective of battling the coronavirus pandemic.
"The corona issue is not an issue that we can say it will be ended (on a specific) day". Positive tests for the virus in Bnei Brak jumped by 27.8% overnight Tuesday, according to the latest figures from Israel's Health Ministry.
On Monday, Netanyahu and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon said Israel would spend 80 billion shekels ($22 billion) to help the economy weather the crisis and predicted a gradual return of business activity after the Passover holiday from April 8-15.
"(An) epidemiological investigation will be carried out, and isolation requests will be sent to those who have come into contact with (him) and his wife in the past two weeks".
Israeli media also reported that the head of the Mossad spy agency, Yossi Cohen, may also be compelled to self-isolate after having had contact with Litzman, but that information could not be immediately confirmed.
Netanyahu was leading efforts to contain the coronavirus spread in Israel while struggling to finalize a new coalition government with his former opponent Benny Gantz, leader of the centrist Blue and White party.
The ultra-Orthodox community across Israel has drawn fire for flouting government restrictions meant to curb the pandemic.
In a televised address, Netanyahu said movement to and from the central Israeli ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak would be reduced "to the necessary minimum". But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the virus can cause severe symptoms like pneumonia or death.