Likud MK David Bitan tests positive for COVID-19

Bitan tweeted on Thursday that he had participated alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a ceremony welcoming about 500 new Olim from Ethiopia.

David Bitan in Knesset on February 5, 2018. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
David Bitan in Knesset on February 5, 2018.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
Likud MK David Bitan has tested positive for COVID-19, the Knesset spokesperson said on Monday evening.
An initial investigation revealed that Bitan's last visit to the Knesset was on Wednesday, December 2. In addition, fellow Likud MK Miki Zohar has gone into isolation after coming into contact with Bitan.
Bitan tweeted on Thursday that he had participated alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a ceremony welcoming about 500 new Olim (immigrants) from Ethiopia.
Netanyahu, meanwhile, will not be asked to go into isolation, Walla reported.
According to the Walla report, the PM's office stated on Monday that this would be unnecessary since Netanyahu only spent a short time around him, in an open-air space while they were both wearing masks.
In January, Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit notified Bitan, who had been coalition chairman and was designated to become a minister, that he will likely indict him for bribery, money laundering, fraud, breach of trust and tax offenses, subject to a hearing.
Bitan denies all the charges.
Yonah Jeremy Bob contributed to this report.