Israel announces 2-week quarantine for all overseas arrivals amid coronavirus concerns

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint press conference with Israel's health minister regarding preparations and new regulations for the coronavirus, at the Health Ministry in Jerusalem on March 4, 2020. (Photo by GALI TIBBON/AFP via

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his government has decided to place anyone arriving from overseas into quarantine in a move to contain a growing coronavirus outbreak. 

Netanyahu announced the 14-day quarantine on Monday after consultations with Cabinet ministers and senior health officials.

"This is a difficult decision, but it's necessary to protect public health. Public health comes before everything else," Netanyahu said.

The decision comes weeks before the busy Passover and Easter holiday seasons.