Friday saw a worrisome spike in Israeli coronavirus cases, as four more Israelis were diagnosed with the Wuhan coronavirus within Israel, the Israeli Health Ministry reported.

Shimon Dahan returned from quarantine in Japan after having having been presumed to be “recovered“, following his infection with the virus on the Princess Diamond cruise ship and subsequent quarantine in Tokyo.

The man flew home to Israel after he was released from quarantine in Japan and is the third to be diagnosed as having the virus of the passengers who were brought back to Israel from the Princess Diamond.

Dahan’s sister, Rachel Biton, was the first to be released from quarantine in Japan and sent home to Israel on Tuesday after recovering from the virus.

A spokesperson for the family says they are not currently responding to the issue, as they are still waiting to receive answers to the many questions that came as a result of the report.

“If there is anything to say about the matter, you will be notified after the Sabbath.”

Dahan flew home to Israel on two commercial flights, both with Turkish Airlines: flight TK53 from Tokyo via Istanbul, and flight TK784 from Istanbul to Tel Aviv, which landed in Israel at 08:55.

All passengers who were on either of the two aforementioned flight must enter a home quarantine immediately for the next 14 days and report to the Israeli Ministry of Health.

After being diagnosed, Dahan was transferred to be quarantined at Sheba Medical Center, along with the remaining healthy Princess Diamond passengers.

Later on Friday, two Israeli men from northern Israel were diagnosed with coronavirus after returning from separate trips to Italy, according to the Israeli Ministry of Health, making them the sixth and seventh Israeli citizens to be infected so far.

The sixth Israeli to be diagnosed is in his forties, and lives in Kibbutz Kabri. After returning from Italy on February 22 he was tested and was found not to have the disease.

On Thursday evening, he began feeling unwell. On Friday, he became the sixth Israeli to test positive for coronavirus and was transferred to be quarantined at Rambam Hospital.

The seventh Israeli returned on February 24 and is currently being transferred to be quarantined at Sheba Medical Center.

An epidemiological inquiry is being conducted into both men’s full routes and will be published soon, according the Ministry of Health.

Earlier on Friday, the second case of coronavirus to be diagnosed within Israel, and first case of transmission within the country, was discovered in the wife of the first coronavirus victim that was diagnosed in the country, Meir Cohen, who had begun developing symptoms after a visit to Milan.

In an interview with Channel 12 News on Friday evening, Cohen said that his fever had stabilized and that the symptoms of the virus had begun receding.

The couple have both also been transferred to Sheba Medical Center for quarantine. Their two children remain under home quarantine and are currently being tested for the disease.

The Health Ministry released a list tracking the recent movements of the first victim, and warned anyone who had been within two meters of him for longer than 15 minutes must immediately be quarantined in their home and report to the ministry online via their coronavirus site.

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