Knesset scraps sessions after Joint List MK gets coronavirus

Knesset tells employees to stay home, cancels meetings Thursday after Joint List MK tests positive for coronavirus


Knesset plenum empty
Knesset plenum empty

The Knesset told employees to remain home and canceled lawmaker meetings on Thursday, after a member of the Arab-led Joint List tested positive for coronavirus.

"In light of MK Sami Abu Shahadeh contracting the coronavirus, all Knesset workers have been instructed to not arrive at at the Knesset, if their work is not essential," a statement from the Knesset said.

"In addition, until all the ramifications are examined, all committee meetings scheduled for today have been postponed," it added.

Abu Shahadeh, a resident of Jaffa, told public radio that over the past 10 days he had met "thousands" of people, including at demonstrations, as well as in all parts of the Knesset.

Abu Shahadeh said he was feeling well after receiving the positive test result on Wednesday evening.