Monday, March 16, 2020

London rabbi contracted virus 'before Morocco visit'

The Council of Jewish Communities in Morocco is claiming that a  London rabbi who has shown symptoms  of the coronavirus after a four-day visit to Morocco contracted the virus before he arrived in the country. This article in Yabiladi is desperate to show that Morocco does not have a problem with the virus. A health crisis would be disastrous for the country's tourist industry. Morocco has reported 17 cases of Covid-19 and one death. (with thanks: Michelle)

St Johns Wood synagogue, London

London’s St John’s Wood Synagogue rabbi Yoni Golker contracted coronavirus before traveling to Morocco earlier this month, the Council of Jewish Communities of Morocco said in a communiqué sent Sunday to Yabiladi. 

 The rabbi 'went for a four-day trip to Morocco (between March 2 and 5,' the same communiqué read, adding that 'the Federation of Synagogues Ohr Yisrael in the UK has confirmed that Yoni Golker 'has been contaminated by one of the old members of his congregation before his Morocco trip'.

 'The few members of the community that the British rabbi has briefly met are feeling well and have not shown any symptoms,' the Council of Jewish Communities of Morocco concluded.

 The British rabbi has said that he 'had mild symptoms and is feeling better than when they first appeared last week'. He is currently 'in quarantine isolation in London.'

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