An Israeli court on Sunday postponed the trial of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges to May 24 amid fears of the novel coronavirus.

The move came one day after Justice Minister Amir Ohana declared a state of emergency in courts due to the outbreak in the country.

“All court activity will be frozen in Israel except for urgent hearings,” Ohana said in a statement on Saturday.

Israeli authorities have confirmed 200 cases of coronavirus so far in the country.

Netanyahu’s trial was set to begin on March 17.

Last week, the Israeli Central Court in East Jerusalem

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