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.

Eicha - the question that reverberates throughout history

This year will undoubtedly be known as the Year of Corona. But it should also be called the Year of the Protest.

Coronavirus: 2020 is our gap year

Whatever we hoped and planned for the rest of 2020, we’d probably be better off just forgetting about. This year is lost. We’ve been thrust into survival mode.

15/07/2020
How can those 65+ avoid wild emotional fluctuations in trying times?

While a positive outlook from the government may make us feel hopeful, a negative report from a medical expert can bring us down.

By DR. MIKE GROPPER
15/07/2020
A family of olim who came to Israel during the coronavirus crisis on June 9
Finance Ministry allocates NIS 80m. for immigrants due to coronavirus

The request for the funding came amid reports of 28% unemployment among new immigrants, compared to close to 20% among the general population.

15/07/2020
Amid COVID-19 pandemic, UN warns of dangerous drop in vaccinations

Three-quarters of the 82 countries that responded to a survey for the report said they had suffered coronavirus-related disruptions to their immunization programs as of May 2020.

By REUTERS
15/07/2020
Why is Hebron seeing speedy coronavirus spread‏?

About 800 Jews live among 215,000 Palestinians in Hebron. At the center of the Old City is the traditional burial place of Abraham, known to Jews as the Cave of the Patriarchs.

By DIMA ABUMARIA/ THE MEDIA LINE
15/07/2020
Coronavirus: The rise of the micro-community in the time of COVID-19

From saving local coffee shops to buying eggs for elderly neighbors, heralding the new neighborhood vibes that have emerged from the coronavirus crisis.

By NATALIE BLENFORD
15/07/2020
 Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny Gantz and IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv K
Why isn't the Defense Ministry responsible for war against COVID-19 yet?

Where is Gantz? The IDF can handle this fight, and he knows it. He should fight for it.

Members of South Korea church hit by COVID-19 to give plasma for research

In February and March, a massive outbreak among members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus made South Korea the scene of the first large outbreak outside of China.

By REUTERS
15/07/2020
Protesters attend a Rabin Square demonstration against government economic policies
Over 1,500 people diagnosed with corona; serious patient toll nears 200

A confirmed coronavirus patient was at the protest against the economic crisis at Rabin Square on Saturday night, the Health Ministry said.

Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett looks at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a visit t
Support for Netanyahu dropping, Bennett soaring in new poll

If elections were held today, Likud would drop two seats to 34 seats, while Yamina would rise eight seats to 14 seats.

15/07/2020
Yesh Atid MK Idan Roll, April 23, 2020
Yesh Atid MK calls not to obey COVID-19 regulations, denies rebellion

Rivlin: "Leaders - opposition as coalition, please, be careful with your words."

15/07/2020
Protests during the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in California
Synagogues closed again in California following new statewide restrictions

The closures by Gov. Gavin Newsom come a month after the state said that restaurants, retail stores, bars, religious services and gyms could reopen.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
15/07/2020
THE GLOWING Yismach Moshe Synagogue at night, a major religious center of Ashdod’s Moroccan Jewry.
Want to pray with a synagogue minyan? Sign this COVID-19 waiver first

The Beth Sholom waiver was formulated by an attorney who sits on the synagogue committee overseeing the reopening

By BEN HARRIS/JTA
15/07/2020
A member of medical staff swabs the nose of a Palestinian worker for coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
Israeli sprays may help prevent coronavirus spread

The developers are also in the midst of producing CellFoam, a bio-adhesive 3D foam scaffold structure that will be used in regenerative medicine.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
15/07/2020
AT THE of the crisis, the hospital was treating over 120 patients in five separate units and in a de
Understaffed and underpaid: Israeli nurses prepare to strike

Israel is in the thick of its second wave of infections and is averaging more than 1,600 new cases daily this week.

By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE
15/07/2020
Donald Trump says he is 'not interested' in trade talks with China

The measure approved by Congress, the latest in a series of moves aimed at ratcheting up pressure on Beijing.

By REUTERS
15/07/2020
Moderna Phase 1 results show COVID19 vaccine safe, induces immune response

Moderna shares jumped more than 15% in after-hours trading on Tuesday.

By REUTERS
15/07/2020
Tel Aviv-Yafo to help migrant workers, refugees amid COVID-19

The municipality's community of 40,000 asylum seekers and migrant workers has been hit hard from the coronavirus pandemic.

15/07/2020
PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White Party leader Benny Gantz pass each other in the
Likud: Blue and White irresponsibility will cause full lockdown

Likud and Blue and White accused one another of sabotaging the effort of curbing the spread of the coronavirus

By MAARIV ONLINE , OMRI RON
15/07/2020
Can artificial intelligence understand human humor?

The future of AI is developing the capability of interacting with the surrounding world.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sits next to foreign minister Israel Katz during a cabinet
Netanyahu, Katz’s ‘safety net’ not what it seems

The 2020-2021 Safety Net offered aid of up to NIS 7,500, now it appears only one-third of those in need will get the full amount

Is Netanyahu in a free-fall; trapped between COVID-19 and annexation?

Netanyahu’s worst nightmares have almost become reality, with Israelis taking to the streets shouting, “Netanyahu should be dismissed.”

Knesset approves COVID-19 Safety Net program as outbreak spreads

Government now able to offer a rapid budget, but as COVID-19 spreads, it’s feared the country may lose NIS 40 b.

A patient is comforted by a doctor in hospital.
Mental health support is crucial for those recovering from ventilator care

To ease the patients out of their induced comas, whether those comas were coronavirus-related or not, there needs to be someone by their side who can guide them and help them through the process.

14/07/2020
Iraqi hospital fights to keep child cancer patients safe from COVID-19

The hospital has boosted ward cleaning and limited visitors to just one per child, is treating more patients as outpatients, as well as routinely testing staff.

By REUTERS
14/07/2020
Small bottles labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe
Swiftly waning COVID-19 immunity poses vaccination challenge

There is no data from any human trials showing whether any protective antibody immune response would be strong- and long-lasting enough.

By REUTERS
14/07/2020
The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Cairo
Egypt offers reusable face masks in state subsidy plan

Egypt subsidizes items such as bread, rice and sugar for more than 60 million people and has added masks to its list of essential goods, with a limit of 2 per family.

By REUTERS
14/07/2020
Hebrew U. scientist: Drug could eradicate COVID-19 from lungs in days

New study shows how coronavirus controls metabolism and which FDA-approved drug could stop it

Tunisian woman jailed for posting Koran-style coronavirus joke on Facebook

Court spokesman Mohsen Dali said the sentence was on charges of inciting hate between religions and races.

By REUTERS
14/07/2020
Fewer immigrants could come to Israel because of coronavirus - MKs

But Jewish Agency, Nefesh B’Nefesh find aliyah inquiries still at peak

14/07/2020
Coronavirus keeps Israeli Jews from New Year pilgrimage to Ukraine

The mayor cited the prevalence of the coronavirus in both Ukraine and Israel, and the difficulty of monitoring compliance with the required safety measures.

By REUTERS
14/07/2020
Pregnant woman (Illustrative)
Experts seek to calm worries of mother-to-baby COVID-19 transmission

"Women can remain reassured that pregnancy is not a significant risk factor for them or their babies with COVID-19."

By REUTERS
14/07/2020
Human trials of tobacco plant-based COVID-19 vaccine begin

Medicago's potential vaccine uses the leaves of a plant from the tobacco family to produce the S-spike protein, one of the three spike proteins of the novel coronavirus.

By REUTERS
14/07/2020
IDF soldiers at the entrance of a coronavirus hotel
Coronavirus hotels to stay open through the end of 2021 - Gantz

The country is already running more than a dozen coronavirus hotels, both for people who need to isolate and for those who are sick with the virus.

A VIEW of the settlement of Eli, in Samaria. Yesha Council deputy head Yigal Dilmoni said yesterday
COGAT coordinates return of around 5,000 Palestinians amid COVID-19

So far the Unit for COGAT has coordinated the return of approximately 5,000 Palestinians.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
14/07/2020
Ongoing negotiations to allow elderly to use public transport for free

Regev stressed that while she is working to allow the elderly to use public transport for free, she is also working to make sure they have a way to pay with cash until negotiations are completed.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
14/07/2020
Israel peaks again: More than 1,700 new coronavirus patients in one day

New ‘advisory committee’ dodges rolling out new restrictions • Bar Siman Tov: ‘Israel could see 1,000 dead’

A Jewish worshipper blows a Shofar,  at the Western Wall ahead of Rosh Hashana
Will Israelis spend Rosh Hashanah with only their nuclear families?

If restrictions hold, High Holiday prayer services could be held outside.

Russia may start Phase III trial of COVID-19 vaccine in mid-August

This will be equivalent to a Phase III trial, since people getting the vaccine will remain under supervision, RIA reported, citing Ginsburg.

By REUTERS
14/07/2020
Coronavirus crisis: Less than 30% of Israelis trust Netanyahu to solve it

Some 40% of Israelis think Naftali Bennett is the right person for the job.

Bottles labeled "Vaccine" stand near medical syringe in front of "Coronavirus COVID-19" display
COVID-19 vaccine program to start production by late summer - US official

The US government has given grants ranging from several hundred million dollars to over $1 billion to Johnson & Johnson, Moderna Inc, AstraZeneca Plc and Novovax Inc.

By REUTERS
14/07/2020
Study predicts surge in HIV, TB and malaria deaths amid COVID-19 pandemic

The United Nations AIDS agency and the WHO warned last week of stock shortages, with more than a third of the world's countries already saying they are at risk of running of antiretrovirals.

By REUTERS
14/07/2020
FROM LEFT: Baron David de Rothschild, Lord Jacob Rothschild, Ronald S. Lauder and Robert Kraft.
Amid pandemic, wealthy US families approved for government loans

About 2,000 firms that manage money or advise on investments, such as hedge funds or wealth advisers, were approved for loans meant to shore up payroll and rent costs for small companies.

By REUTERS
14/07/2020
U.S. President Donald Trump listens to Dr Anthony Fauci discuss the Trump administration's guideline
Trump bashes US health experts, Fauci urges caution, as virus cases surge

Fauci's emphasis on protections including physical distancing, wearing masks, avoiding crowds and washing hands have put him at odds with a president eager to get people back to work to boost the eco

By REUTERS
13/07/2020
The name of the game is uncertainty under the coronavirus

We are the people of Israel, neither afraid nor discouraged even when the road is long and difficult.

By SHLOMO SOBOL
13/07/2020
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sits next to foreign minister Israel Katz during a cabinet
Netanyahu, Katz’s safety net approved in government

‘I can’t take it anymore. How will we pay our bills?’ asks company president of Knesset committee

Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny Gantz at the weekly cabinet meeting, at the M
Coronavirus crisis: Where in the world is Gantz?

Only this time the question is not where is Gantz the candidate, but where is Gantz the Alternate Prime Minister and Defense Minister.

14/07/2020
Knesset Coronavirus Committee Chair MK Yifat Shasha-Biton (Likud)
Coronavirus committee chair won’t be removed despite defying Netanyahu

Likud MK Yifat Shasha-Biton led the Knesset Coronavirus Committee in voting to reopen gyms and swimming pools despite PM’s opposition.

By LEON SVERDLOV
13/07/2020
Ultra orthodox jewish men and youth seen during a protest against the closure on the Romema and Kiry
Netanyahu denounces police violence against ultra-Orthodox protestors

PM, ultra-Orthodox leaders agree to join team to assess need for future lockdowns in ultra-Orthodox population centers.

Hugging a tree in Israel to beat the coronavirus blues

At the park, about 15 km (nine miles) north of Tel Aviv, tree-huggers such as Barbara Grant heeded the advice during a tour arranged by the Authority.

By REUTERS
13/07/2020
Coronavirus committee votes against Netanyahu, reopens gyms, pools

The prime minister, as well as Health Minister Yuli Edelstein, had moments earlier announced that only swimming pools would open.

President Serzh Sarksyan (L) of Armenia and President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan in 2015.
Azerbaijan and Armenia - When conflict clouds COVID-19 judgment

There are some governments whose fixation on conflict prevents them from embracing a mindset of solidarity.

By PAUL MILLER
13/07/2020
French epidemiologist warns that an effective vaccine by 2021 is unlikely

He said that while there might in all likelihood be at least one that works "partially," we should not expect a vaccine to be released that will be 100% effective.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the weekly cabinet meeting on June 28, 2020.
Coronavirus: 61% of Israelis dissatisfied with Netanyahu's virus handling

Some 75% of respondents said that they do not think the government is managing the economic crisis well, 16% said they are satisfied and 9% said they don't know.

Small bottles labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe
China's CanSino in talks for COVID-19 vaccine Phase III trial overseas

China’s success in driving down COVID-19 infections has made it harder to conduct large-scale vaccine trials, and so far only a few countries have agreed to work with it.

By REUTERS
14/07/2020
King of Jordan Abdullah II addresses the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France January 15, 2020.
Jordan's King Abdullah: Coronavirus under control, time to boost economy

Looking ahead, King Abdullah said his country would "come out stronger compared to other countries in the region."

Coronavirus: 1.2 million COVID cases in MidEast, 30,000 deaths

The Middle East was relatively late to be affected by the pandemic, having seeing its figures rise after Europe and Asia.

Amazon packages awaiting dispatch
Amazon slashes shipping prices for small items to Israel

Though the service is resumed and prices are cut, the online shopping giant has yet to restore the prices that were in place before the coronavirus pandemic struck.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
13/07/2020
Extremist haredi men protest against jail sentences for draft dodgers.
Haredim call police 'antisemitic nazis' in coronavirus lockdown protests

Eggs were thrown at police by protesters, as they called the police "antisemitic nazis."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
13/07/2020
Letters
July 13, 2020: Speaking of spikes

Readers of the Jerusalem Post have their say.

‘ISRAEL NEEDS a full-time prime minister’ says a protester’s sign outside Prime Minister Benjamin Ne
Will Netanyahu fall to coronavirus?

Important as the emergency aid is, it is only a Band-Aid over the gaping wound at the heart of Israel’s economy.

12/07/2020
Thousands protest economic situation amid coronavirus crisis in Tel Aviv, July 11, 2020
It’s the economy!

The economic repercussions of the handling of the coronavirus have been devastating worldwide.

Corona crisis an opportunity for National Service

Some good things have emerged in Israeli society during this period, including countless cases of people giving assistance, volunteering and sharing mutual responsibilities.

By YARON LUTZ
12/07/2020
Economic plan positive ‘if’ implemented - analysis

The NIS 90 billion plan provides a strong safety net for the country’s citizens; not a short-term safety net, but one that will last for another year.

12/07/2020
Meretz respond to gov't's rescue plan: ‘So cheap it’s outrageous’

As Netanyahu’s plan to stabilize Israel’s economy in time of global pandemic is pushed forward, coalition and opposition members respond.

In the battle against COVID-19, where’s the data?

“We need to be much more sophisticated than just analyzing the number of new cases, severe cases and deaths,” said Nadav Davidovitch.

Florida reports over 15,000 COVID-19 cases in single-day record

If Florida were a country, it would rank fourth in the world for the most new cases in a day behind the United States, Brazil and India, according to a Reuters analysis.

By REUTERS
12/07/2020
General view of a farewell event at Disney World on the final night before closure due to coronaviru
Disney World reopens, anti-mask protests as COVID-19 surges in Florida

Anti-mask activists organized a protest on Saturday at a grilled cheese restaurant and bar in Windermere, Florida, which is in Orange County about 12 miles (19 km) from Walt Disney World.

By REUTERS
12/07/2020
Protesters attend a Rabin Square demonstration against government economic policies
Doctor: 'Leave phone at home, avoid quarantine' - Health Ministry outraged

The Health Ministry condemned Prof. Ruti Shako Levi for stating that people should leave their phones at home so as to avoid entering quarantine following the Tel Aviv protest.

13/07/2020
Magen David Adom workers wearing protective clothing evacuate a patient with suspicion to coronaviru
'Israel will have 300 seriously ill coronavirus patients by Aug. 10'

Prof. Eli Sprecher of the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center said that the chance of an infected person deteriorating is about 50% of what it was during the first wave.

US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks at a Conference in Washington
Education Secretary wants US schools open, offers no safety plan

DeVos did not offer any details on how her department would advise or help school districts and states with their reopenings amid a resurgence in coronavirus cases across the country.

By REUTERS
12/07/2020
Lebanese Christian cleric seen to criticise Hezbollah, allies over crisis

His last two sermons have been seen to mark a shift to a more openly critical stance against the policies of both Hezbollah and its ally President Michel Aoun.

By REUTERS
12/07/2020
A SIGN reads ‘Go now. Everyone means everyone,’ at a protest near the presidential palace in Baabda,
Lebanon records new coronavirus infection high with 166 cases

Hassan said 800 workers from the company in question needed to be tested, along with another 1,000 workers from two other companies with whom they were connected.

By REUTERS
12/07/2020
pink jellyfish
Are Israel's jellyfish getting larger? And what could it mean? - study

Some suggest that the decrease in human presence along the country's shores that is a direct result of the coronavirus can partially explain the phenomenon.

Bollywood's Bachchan family hit by coronavirus; Aishwarya joins Amitabh

People in northern and western India were conducting Hindu prayer rituals for the Bachchan family, social media and television footage showed.

By REUTERS
12/07/2020
38 Olim land in Israel as part of a Nefesh B’Nefesh Group Aliyah Flight
50% of Israelis fear they cannot pay for their basic expenses - new survey

From January through May, some 7,369 people made aliyah, compared to 12,645 in 2019 – a decrease of 42%.

Government approves economic aid package

Shmuli calls plan ‘noose’ solution to coronavirus financial crisis • PM ‘failed horribly,’ Lapid says

Habima National Theater releases new video celebrating theaters' role

The video features a number of Israel's most prominent celebrities.

By OMRI RON
12/07/2020
Border Police go about coronavirus inspections in Mea Shearim, a haredi neighborhood in Jerusalem.
Coronavirus committee to rule on gyms, pools on Monday

35 people infected in gyms since June * Buses to run after 10 p.m. * Death toll spikes to 362.

World Zionist Organization offers plan to bring French Jews to Israel

The plan spoke about the opportunity to quickly and efficiently bring about 50,000 members of the community, as well as another half a million over the next few years.

By OMRI RON
12/07/2020
Small bottles labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe
Thailand plans human testing for potential coronavirus vaccine

There are no approved vaccines for the virus that causes COVID-19, but 19 candidates are being trailed in humans globally.

By REUTERS
12/07/2020
Mytilene, Greece
Greece may reinstate some restrictions after rise in coronavirus cases

The announcement came after a government warning that the safety guidelines for the coronavirus are being ignored.

By OMRI RON
12/07/2020
Teenagers at a party
Patient dies after catching coronavirus at 'COVID party' in Texas

"Just before the patient died, they looked at their nurse and said 'I think I made a mistake, I thought this was a hoax, but it's not.'"

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
12/07/2020
In first, Trump dons masks in visit to a military medical facility

At the medical facility, Trump walked by media gathered for a carefully staged photo opportunity wearing a navy blue mask emblazoned with a presidential seal embossed in gold.

By REUTERS
12/07/2020
Haredim protest against coronavirus lockdown in Jerusalem, July 12, 2020
Haredim, police clash over coronavirus lockdown in Jerusalem

UTJ MK calls on haredim to quit government: "The pictures from the liberated Tel Aviv and the beseiged Jerusalem speak for themselves: secular people can gather and protest, haredim cannot."

12/07/2020
Tal by the Beach Hotel offers a welcome break in Tel Aviv

“COMBINING UPSCALE style and design, the beautiful property offers guests a superb Israeli buffet breakfast, a range of seminar halls, a breezy rooftop and also a gym and sauna."

13/07/2020
Reflections of the corona pandemic from a nursing home physician’s view

The corona pandemic has inflicted anguish and woe on nursing home residents and their families, even in cases where the nursing home is corona-free

By JIM SHALOM
11/07/2020
Pandemic madness may help end the absurdities of office work

Whether in the private sector or in some government bureaucracies, a reduction of physical encounters would mean less prospects for COVID-19 to spread.

11/07/2020
Israel should deepen engagement with the UN as it marks 75th year

Israel has a history of complex relations with the UN.

By DANIEL CARMON
11/07/2020
General view of a farewell event at Disney World on the final night before closure due to coronaviru
Mandatory masks, Mickey at a distance as Walt Disney World reopens

Executives felt confident they had developed a responsible plan for reopening in phases during the pandemic, said Josh D'Amaro, chairman of Disney's parks, experiences and products division.

By REUTERS
11/07/2020
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