Coronavirus News

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is spreading around the world, including in Israel. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties, but the virus can be fatal. To help maintain the virus, Israel has implemented a number of restrictions on the public.

A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine" sticker and a medical syr
A guide to shed light on every aspect of the coronavirus vaccination

With a myriad of questions surrounding the various options that could soon be available, here is The Jerusalem Post’s guide to everything you need to know about coronavirus vaccination.

ARTISTS AND MEMBERS of the cultural sector protest the ongoing corona restrictions outside Habimah T
My Word: Coronavirus and culture shock

Nine months is more than a pregnant pause for the creative arts.

Think tank urges greater transparency in government decision-making

The entity responsible for deciding which government meetings would be transparent and which would remain classified for 30 years - is the government itself.

Prof. Nachman Ash delivers his first formal address as coronavirus commissioner on November 26, 2020
Ash announces ‘green passport’ for those who had coronavirus

Commissioner says virus to be around at least another year, will not hesitate to lock down as needed.

Steve Nassima and Suzanne Landau.
The art world may have stalled, but not for this gallery

“Everything is boring, nothing is happening right now, so why not take an amazing initiative and do something?

Aliyah Minister to fly to Ethiopia to prepare new Falash Mura immigration

The immigration of 2,000 members of the Falash Mura community was approved by the government in September.

Hannah Drori, Chief of Staff of the Clinic Research Center at Hadassah
Israel completes Phase I trial of its coronavirus vaccine candidate, Brilife

Putin confirms Russia could manufacture Sputnik V vaccine in Israel.

Real estate market
Request for mortgage payment deferrals surge by 350%, impacting market

25% of first-time home buyers suffered at least one spouse becoming unemployed, or placed on unpaid leave, due to coronavirus.

A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine" sticker and a medical syr
Vaccine hesitancy is not new – history tells us to listen, not condemn

We should be cautious about painting all those who are unsure about new medical technology and treatments with the same broad brush. Not all hesitancy is the same.

JCT names its nursing school after legendary 'Nurse Selma'

The nursing school was essential for Israel's early response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Joggers hit the pavement in Jerusalem's Sacher Park
Exercise is medicine, even in the middle of a pandemic

Exercise provides numerous emotional benefits such as lowering depression and anxiety.

Jude Yovel Recanati
At-risk youth find solace with Gandyr

What is the road less traveled by?

Dan Hotel, Eilat, Israel, February 1, 2012.
Despair in Eilat amid coronavirus: Low occupancy and empty promenade

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, Eilat has twice been first place on the list of Israeli cities where the unemployment rate is the highest.

Netanyahu: No logistical challenges distributing coronavirus vaccines

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require being stored at freezing temperatures between -20 and -70 degrees Celsius.

Amid uncertainty, Israeli museum dedicates entire space to COVID pandemic

Dozens of artists participate in exhibition at Haifa Museum of Art, as some museums set to reopen.

Health Ministry answers frequently asked COVID-19 questions

To help haredim cooperate on curbing the spread of the coronavirus, the Health Ministry has compiled a Q&A of some common questions regarding testing, masks and more.

COVID-19 deaths reduced by only meeting with those of same age – study

Creating microenvironments for people in the same group to meet while maintaining social distancing and wearing masks could cut mortality rates by up to 91%.

New coronavirus symptoms have been discovered - study

Researchers from the University of Barcelona aimed to examine the loss of taste and smell that many coronavirus patients experience.

Seven Israeli museums to reopen as part of corona pilot program

This first four to be chosen to take part in the program are in Haifa, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

NCYI welcomes Supreme Court ruling challenging New York coronavirus curbs

"The right of all Americans to enjoy freedom of religion is a sacrosanct privilege," the National Council of Young Israel said.

Coronavirus severely impacts employees with disabilities, survey suggests

The unemployment rate among employees with disabilities was 41% in February before the corona outbreak, and has since increased to 62% in October, according to the survey.

TEST TUBE with coronavirus label is seen at the end of January.
Montreal Jewish nursing home hit hard by COVID infections in 2nd wave

The virus has struck 40 residents and 22 staff members at the 600-bed Maimonides Geriatric Centre.

Sudan's former PM Sadiq al-Mahdi dies from coronavirus in UAE

Mahdi, 84, was Sudan's last democratically elected prime minister and was overthrown in 1989 in the military coup that brought former president Omar al-Bashir to power.

A person picks up some of the donated produce at the American Red Cross Boston Food Pantry
There’s a hunger crisis in the US. Jews must push leaders to act - Opinion

We must demand that our leaders in government respond to growing hunger with the wisdom, compassion and urgency that this moment demands.

Colorful pumpkins are decorated with the handwritten words “‘tis the season to be thankful.”
Thanksgiving in crisis: Judaism teaches us to be grateful - Opinion

Even as difficult challenges surround us, we have much to be grateful for.

CBRE Israel: Q3 rents continue to decline amid COVID-19

Bnei Brak and Petah Tikva were most significantly affected by the crisis.

An illustrative photo of a Jewish wedding in front of the Mediterranean Sea.
Life in limbo for thousands of couples unable to marry during COVID-19

Creative solutions for civil marriage during the current crisis such as weddings in foreign embassies and on boats in international waters have been proposed to alleviate the crisis

US professor put on leave after slew of antisemitic, conspiratorial comments

The university placed Brennan on leave November 19, after being alerted to his "racist, antisemitic and homophobic slurs."

Israel may seal West Bank passages to PA territory to limit COVID-19

“Travel between the Palestinian territories and Israel is something that is bringing up infection – we see an increase in the number of cases from it.”

Black Friday shopping spree – coronavirus-style

What to expect during the mall pilot program.

How are archaeologists using hi-tech during the coronavirus era?

Archaeologists from Haifa and San Diego had to get creative to work on their collaborative excavation without actually travelling due to quarantines.

Chezy Levy: No date set for next coronavirus closure

Number of serious and intubated patients has remained stable.

COVID-19 model 'here to stay,' predicts investor-relations expert

“Now people can get the same amount of capital by spending a day on the computer speaking remotely with investors – and still have dinner with their family and see their kids.”

Despite COVID-19, American Jews find ways to give thanks on Thanksgiving

Government leaders and health officials have advised against indoor holiday gatherings, even with only one other household.

Women's basketball team catches COVID on flight after men's team fly private

The quarantine will still affect the season, captain Eden Rothberg said. "It hurts the flow of practices."

Israel Museum to reopen on Tuesday

Although it briefly reopened in the summer, Israel’s flagship museum, has been closed most of the time since the beginning of the pandemic in March.

IDF refutes claims it halted medical supplies to Gaza amid COVID-19 rise

Hamas on Tuesday reported that it diagnosed 685 new cases in a 24-hour period.

Saudi Arabia becomes 'green' country one day after Netanyahu's trip

Bahrain's status was also updated, and it has now become a green country on the same day the prime minister announced plans to travel there.

Israel slated to start discussing vaccine policy

“Whether we’re talking days or weeks until we see the vaccine, as the prime minister claims, or several months, this can determine people’s fate,” said lawmaker Yoel Razvosov.

Israel Discount Bank third quarter profit sinks due to COVID-19, early retirement

Discount has allowed customers to delay mortgage and credit payments since the outset of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The flags of the United States, Israel, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are projected on a section
2020 brought us COVID-19, but it also brought a new Middle East

Bringing Israeli-Saudi cooperation, which for years has been a poorly kept secret, out of the mist and into broad sunlight is to be encouraged.

Are we facing an mRNA miracle against the coronavirus? – opinion

Traditionally, new vaccines took around 10 years to be developed, tested and approved for general use. For the new mRNA vaccines, it has been 10 months.

Bank Hapoalim
How to make the most of COVID-19 to expand your customer base – opinion

How to cope with the financial crisis – and even emerge from it stronger.

Coronavirus: Schools, malls, museums and marketplaces to open

There were 949 new cases of coronavirus in the last day.

An individual practices voting in a Magen David Adom "coronavirus polling station"
Impact of coronavirus on elections: Still no absentee balloting

“Any dramatic change would have to pass in the current Knesset, and that is not going to happen.”

Hamas threatens Israel as Gaza COVID-19 cases surge

The ministry said that 685 new cases were detected in the Gaza Strip in the past 24 hours.

Ben-Gurion Airport is empty amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Credit Suisse forecasts global economic growth in wake of COVID-19

The forecast comes as the pandemic has caused a global economic recession.

A view of Yeshiva University
Amid COVID-19, Yeshiva U., Eleos partner to combat mental health crisis

“We are training 21st century clinicians to provide excellent care and support in any setting, whether in face-to-face therapy sessions or through teletherapy.”

Domestic abuse reports to WhatsApp hotline spike by 95% amid COVID-19

The Committee for the Advancement of Women and Gender Equality in the Knesset announced on Monday that sexual abuse cases rose by 33% throughout the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.

MDA fashions 3 custom vehicles to be used to transport COVID-19 vaccines

Until the vaccines arrive in Israel, the caravans can be used to transport and supply flu vaccines to the general public as well as gathering and holding coronavirus samples.

AstraZeneca must prove claim to cheapest COVID-19 vaccine

AstraZeneca had no immediate comment on the matter.

Israeli company turns coronavirus masks into recyclable thermoplastic

UBQ Materials converts trash into treasure with patented process it hopes will be adopted worldwide.

White House plans holiday parties as Americans urged to stay home

Health professionals within the administration have advised against large indoor gatherings.

A test tube labelled vaccine is seen in front of AstraZeneca logo in this illustration taken, Septem
AstraZeneca signals more good vaccine news - but efficacy only beginning

When clinical trials report their results — and the media follow — the correct term is “efficacy”, rather than “effectiveness”.

Ultra-Orthodox trust rabbis on COVID-19 far more than medical officials

Some 75% of those polled said they had “absolutely none” or “very little” confidence in the Health Ministry’s efforts to combat the coronavirus.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo receives Emmy for daily COVID-19 briefings

The award is intended to honor individuals or organizations who "cross-cultural boundaries to touch our common humanity," and, in some capacity, contribute to the quality of global television.

COVID restrictions protester compares herself to Nazi resistance fighter

The following day, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas tweeted that such comparisons are unacceptable.

Aryeh Deri during Shas Conference on February 10th, 2019
Deri: This is the Knesset's last chance - unite, or face elections

If Netanyahu and Gantz do not rise to Deri’s Yom Kippur challenge, they will find themselves going to elections between the Purim and Passover holidays.

People lie about having had COVID-19 to avoid wearing a mask – opinion

The quickest way to discover that they are lying about their antibodies is to ask them what their count was.

The US is insane, and I wouldn't have it any other way – opinion

Americans are the most stubborn, defiant, industrious and entrepreneurial people in the world. No one is going to lock them down.

Foreign laborer shortage in construction will cause housing price hikes

In 2020, there were only 30,000 starts compared to 2019 when there were 55,000 starts.

Knesset pushes off Shin Bet corona surveillance matter

In the balance is whether the Shin Bet will continue its surveillance of the country’s infected citizens.

Noticing the Unnoticed banner, Days of Gratitude.
Three-day gratitude journey returns to combat coronavirus blues

Days of Gratitude, a subscriber service, provides three days of gratitude practicing activities every month, to "ground us in the moments that matter."

A Satmar wedding takes place in Williamsberg, breaking coronavirus restrictions. November 2020
Satmar wedding ‘disrespectful, deceitful, illegal,’ says NY Gov. Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York City should do ‘robust investigation’ of incident and ‘bring the full consequence of legal action to bear.’

Tel Aviv Marathon 2020
Annual Tel Aviv run to take place digitally

To assist with the individualized-style run this year, a link to an app will be sent out to all runners before the race, which will include instructions and interactive features.

Israeli border policewmen chat with local residents at the entrance to Bnei Brak as Israel enforces
'Lockdown' - the word of the year

Language is a reflection of the world around us and 2020 has been dominated by the global pandemic.

A protester holding an "Abuse isn't Love" sign at a protest against violence against women in Tel Av
Sexual abuse reports rose by 33% in Israel during COVID-19 pandemic

"Am I different because the eye does not see my injury? I suffered a very severe dissociative episode and I got to a point that I am not proud of with a very deep cut which endangered my life."

Defense Ministry cuts rental assistance for discharged lone soldiers

Lone soldiers by law are entitled to NIS 1,000 for 12 months following their discharge from the IDF – but the ministry says they no longer have the money.

Is belief in God a delusion? - opinion

So, is the distinction between insanity and religion a mere semantic quibble? In a new paper, we review research that examines relationships – and distinctions – between religion and delusion.

Fifth, sixth graders return to school on Tuesday

Kanievsky calls to open all grades in haredi girls’ institutions against regulations.

Hadassah-University Medical Center doctors administer the country's COVID-19 vaccine
Six in 10 Americans are willing to receive COVID-19 vaccinations - Gallup

The willingness of Americans to accept an approved vaccination has positively improved since Pfizer/BioNTech SE and Moderna made announcements regarding their positive large-scale trials.

Coronavirus has affected the way mothers nurse their babies

While there is still no evidence that the virus can spread through breast milk, the Health Ministry recommends that mothers wear a mask and be strict about hygiene while nursing.

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine 90% effective, coming to Israel soon

Israel is expected to receive 10 million doses of the vaccine.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump attend a meeting on the sidelines
At G20 Summit, pandemic spurs action

Leaders agree to extend debt relief and to advocate for access to pandemic supplies in developing world.

Matti Caspi and Shalom Hanoch, each a superstar in the music industry (September 23, 2018).
Israel's Finance Ministry to assist musicians through corona

The Finance minister has ordered the establishment of a joint team of ministry officials and Culture and Sport Ministry representatives to discuss aid for the Israeli music industry.

The cloud awaits Israel’s banks. Are they ready to make the move?

The need for adequate risk management and regulatory compliance cannot be ignored.

A healthcare worker performs a rapid COVID-19 antigen test amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) o
Spanish PM: Spain to begin vaccination program in January

"A very substantial part of the population will be able to be vaccinated, with all guarantees, in the first quarter of the year," said Sanchez.

Biden inauguration will be scaled down amid COVID, aide says

"Obviously, this is not going to be the same kind of inauguration we had in the past," said incoming White House Chief of Staff.

A mink farm is seen during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Oploo
How COVID-19 mutations in animals affect human's, vaccine effectiveness

The good news is that, so far, there’s no evidence that the mink-derived SARS-CoV-2 mutant can bypass natural or vaccine-induced immunity.

Mink are seen at the farm of Henrik Nordgaard Hansen and Ann-Mona Kulsoe Larsen near Naestved, Denma
France finds COVID-19 in mink at one farm - ministry

Cases in mink have also been reported elsewhere in Europe, notably in Sweden, Greece and the Netherlands.

250 cars unable to enter Eilat over COVID-19 restrictions, head back home

In addition, on Sunday morning, three people were caught trying to enter the city of Eilat using fake negative test results, which they had forged themselves.

New Magen David Adom synagogue dedicated by Jerusalem Chief Rabbi

The MDA director expressed his gratitude that the donors choose to support the new synagogue as MDA is "fighting [coronavirus] around the clock."

Gaza's health system days from being overwhelmed by COVID-19

Seventy-nine of Gaza's 100 ventilators have been taken up by COVID-19 patients, said Elmanama, a microbiologist who is part of Gaza's pandemic task force.

Lightning strikes over Gaza City November 15, 2020.
It wasn't lightning silly, the rockets were a message by Hamas - Analysis

Hamas is under growing pressure-again-in the Strip. The rockets fired in the past two weeks are meant to pass that message to Israel

SATMAR HASSIDIM celebrate Lag Ba’omer in Kiryas Joel, New York, in 2012
Secret Satmar wedding bypasses COVID restrictions in NYC - watch

According to video obtained, there were thousands of men seated within the bleachers of the 7,000 person capacity synagogue, singing and dancing into the night.

New immigrants from France disembark at Ben-Gurion Airport last year
Gov't approves fast-tracking immigrant medical professionals’ licensing

"We must strive to help immigrants integrate into the labor market in Israel, and this proposal is to realize the employment potential of new immigrants in medicine."

Millions of COVID-19 vaccines to be bought for Palestinians - report

The distribution plan was achieved through joint teamwork by Israeli and Palestinian professionals.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade amid COVID-19: What you need to know

Israelis can watch the pre-recorded festivities on YouTube starting at 4 p.m. Israel Time on Thanksgiving Day.

Hadassah Ein Kerem coronavirus unit
Coronavirus cabinet to meet today against backdrop of spiking infection

Number of patients in serious condition on the rise • Netanyahu: More classes to resume Tuesday, as planned.

20% of returning Israeli travelers from Turkey test positive for COVID-19

Turkey's coronavirus outbreak has been particularly aggressive.

On our way out of lockdown, we should remember our pre-corona habits

Our focus does not need to be on forming new habits alone, but rather rediscovering and reclaiming the right old ones.

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