Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Sebastian Scheiner/Pool via REUTERS)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued an order on Monday that all citizens returning from abroad will be forced to home-quarantine because of the new coronavirus.

Netanyahu said the new measures will come into effect on Thursday, while the Reuters news agency reported that foreigners will only be admitted if they can prove they have the means to self-quarantine. “After a day of complex discussions, we made a decision:

Everyone who comes to Israel from abroad will enter the 14-day isolation,” Netanyahu said in a statement.

“This is a tough decision, but it is essential to maintain public health – and public health precedes everything.” Earlier in the day, Israel’s Health Ministry announced three more people were diagnosed with coronavirus.