Netanyahu at Maccabi drive-in complex
Netanyahu at Maccabi drive-in complex צילום: Amos Ben Gershom, GPO

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will self-isolate on Monday after having come into contact with a coronavirus patient, his office said calling it a precautionary step.

Netanyahu tested negative for the virus on Sunday and on Monday, but he will still "enter isolation until Friday following contact with a confirmed coronavirus patient", the statement said.

Several Israeli media outlets have reported that Netanyahu met last week with a member of his right-wing Likud party, Michael Kleiner, who has subsequently tested positive for the virus.

Netanyahu pledged to continue working from home. ''Under the guidelines I'm going into self-isolation until next Friday. I feel excellent. Today and yesterday I underwent two negative corona tests."

''I will continue to work around the clock to bring millions of vaccines to the citizens of Israel and strengthen our economy. Keep the guidelines and keep healthy," Netanyahu said.

The statement from the prime minister's office and Netanyahu himself did not provide details regarding Netanyahu's potential exposure.

Netanyahu was at Israel's Ben Gurion airport last week to welcome a first shipment of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine.

He declared that the end of the pandemic was "in sight" and offered to take the first jab in a mass vaccination campaign due to start later this month.

Israel, a country of nine million people, has registered more than 358,000 coronavirus cases, including 3,003 deaths.