One man is seriously ill of the 17 confirmed covid-17 cases in Israel. He drove a tourist bus carrying pilgrims from Greece, Spain and Germany around Christian holy places. The Greek pilgrims tested positive for the virus upon their return home. The defense ministry in coordination with the Palestinian Authority has closed the town of Bethlehem to all visitors, after 7 Palestinians were confirmed to have come down with the disease. Lufthansa, Swissair and Austrian Airlines have suspended flights to Ben-Gurion. Israel’s tourist and air traffic industries are about to crash. Thousands of workers face dismissal or unpaid leave until the covid-19 threat is over. A million have cancelled overseas holidays for Passover. The police have opened criminal investigations against 8 people who disobeyed self-quarantine orders after returning from Europe. Food hoarding has begun in some places.