March 12, 2020 / 6:26 PM / 19 days ago

Israel's Netanyahu orders schools closed, calls for unity gov't

JERUSALEM, March 12 (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday ordered most schools in the country closed as a precaution against coronavirus and called for the formation of an emergency national unity government.

“We are altering our internal routine in order to handle an outside threat, the threat of the virus,” Netanyahu said in broadcast remarks.

Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch, Editing by Stephen Farrell

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