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 person uses a sensor for biometric identification on a smartphone in Berlin
Coronavirus: Biometric IDs could be 'gamechanger' for tests, vaccines

Digital identity systems are already in use in many countries, linking biometric data such as fingerprints and iris scans to a unique digital code, allowing for remote identification.

By REUTERS
08/04/2020
Coronavirus: Observing Passover in the time of the 11th plague

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Jews everywhere find new ways to celebrate the biblical holiday

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
08/04/2020
The poor man’s Passover prayer
The poor man’s Passover prayer

This year, as we sit down to our incomplete Seder tables, celebrate our imperfect Passovers, let us hold fast to the words of Kol Hamira.

By GILA FINE
08/04/2020
The Rabin Medical Center - Beilinson Campus in Petah Tikva
IFCJ brings crucial aid to Israel's hospitals fighting coronavirus

With the resources of US Jewish organizations stretched to the limit to help people locally, The Fellowship is the one NGO that is focused exclusively on helping Israel right now.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the cabinet meeting in Tehran, Iran, March 4, 2020
Coronavirus: Iran's Rouhani slams the US for 'medical terrorism'

US officials have said that the sanctions do not target medicine for Iran and Washington had offered to help Tehran face the outbreak. Iran has dismissed the offer as ridiculous.

By REUTERS
08/04/2020
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the Mologic Laboratory in the Bedford Technology Park
Coronavirus: UK's Boris Johnson in stable condition after 2nd night in ICU

The 55-year-old British leader received oxygen support but was not put on a ventilator and his designated deputy, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, said he would soon be back at the helm.

By REUTERS
08/04/2020
Members of firefighters wear protective face masks, amid fear of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as
Swiss, German companies boost disinfectant production to fight coronavirus

The companies include Switzerland's Clariant and Germany's CropEnergies AG

By REUTERS
08/04/2020
Government deficit climbs to 4%, 'sharp increase' ahead due to coronavirus

Explaining the rising deficit, the Finance Ministry said "the effects of the coronavirus crisis began to manifest themselves on the Israeli economy and budgetary activity" in March.

08/04/2020
Coronavirus in Israel: 9,404 infected, 71 dead

The country's youngest virus victim, a 37-year-old with extensive preexisting conditions, died on Tuesday.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
08/04/2020
THOUSANDS OF New Yorkers gather in Foley Square last week at the No Hate. No Fear. solidarity march
As coronavirus spreads in Germany, so does antisemitism

“There are direct links between the current spread of the coronavirus and that of antisemitism.”

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
08/04/2020
El Al flight carries reagents for coronavirus tests and protective suits from South Korea
Coronavirus testing reagents take off for Israel from South Korea

'I thank the Defense Ministry and El Al, who we sent to the end of the world in order to bring lifesaving equipment here'

Chevra Kadisha workers wearing protective clothes, carry the body of a patient died from complicatio
Yaakov Perlow, a top haredi Orthodox rabbi, dies of coronavirus at 89

'The loss to [the Jewish people], and Agudas Yisroel, is incalculable'

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
08/04/2020
Gov. Cuomo tells Orthodox Jews to abstain from large religious gatherings

“I made it clear yesterday that these social distancing regulations are not just please, they are regulations that you can be fined for,” Cuomo said.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
08/04/2020
RIVLIN
Rivlin: Passover reminds us that the Jewish people are all one family

'This is our story, our anchor, what binds us together – even when we need to be apart.'

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
08/04/2020
IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi visits Bnei Brak
Chief of Staff visits Bnei Brak as IDF distributes food

In an attempt to curb the continued spread of the highly infectious and deadly virus, Bnei Brak was turned into a “restricted” city, with residents only allowed to leave for specific reasons.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
08/04/2020
Dominic Raab, whose father was a Jewish refugee, is Britain’s acting PM

Raab, 46, does not identify himself as Jewish.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
08/04/2020
A Shabbat service featuring members of the Madrid and Barcelona Reform communities.
Spain’s Reform congregations form online community amid coronavirus

'These presentations help people confront and accept the situation they’re living. Accepting helps empower [them] for the future.'

By MARGARITA GOKUN SILVER/JTA
08/04/2020
Letters in a letterbox saying "payment due" [Illustrative]
I had to choose between buying Passover food and paying my bills

Given our wealth of community organizations and deeply generous donors, all it would take to feed all Jews in need for Passover, no questions asked, is the communal will to do so.

By ELENA GORMLEY / JTA
08/04/2020
Setting the stage for Passover with matzah at the Wood River Jewish Community's Hebrew school
How Sun Valley's Jewish community is coping with coronavirus

'I’m praying we come out better people, more compassionate. God didn’t finish the world. It is our job to finish the work as God’s partners and make it better for all human beings.'

By PENNY SCHWARTZ/ JTA
08/04/2020
Paramedics take a patient into emergency center at Maimonides Medical Center during the outbreak of
Trump: US may be getting to top of coronavirus curve

The president said the country might be on track for far fewer deaths than projected.

By REUTERS
08/04/2020
Emergency Medical Technicians wearing protective gear wheel a sick patient to a waiting ambulance du
Cancer surgeries and organ transplants delayed by coronavirus outbreak

'All this has happened in two weeks. We went from business as usual to we have to cancel everything and stay home. I’ve never seen things change on a daily basis the way they are now.'

08/04/2020
The USNS hospital ship Comfort is seen docked at Pier 90 on Manhattan's West Side
USNS Comfort crew member infected with coronavirus

'The ship is following protocols and taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of all crew members and patients on board.'

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
08/04/2020
A nurse tests a respirator called OxyGEN, which is to be sent to hospitals, during the coronavirus d
Spanish carmaker crafts ventilators from windscreen wipers

"Ninety percent of the materials are the same that we use to make the SEAT Leon," Patricia Such, SEAT's director of health, security and emergencies, said.

By REUTERS
08/04/2020
An Israeli woman and a child sit at a playground near a kindergarten
Psychologists, social workers to be considered 'essential workers'

About half of the people in these jobs have gone on leave since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, impacting the services provided to at-risk children and youth.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
08/04/2020
Israel brings 1 million masks from China for IDF soldiers

The masks were procured from China and shipped to Israel in order that the IDF can begin using them within days.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
08/04/2020
Acting Navy secretary offers to resign over handling of coronavirus crisis

"I do not think Captain Brett Crozier is naive nor stupid," Modly said in an apology issued on Monday amid calls for his removal.

By REUTERS
07/04/2020
Amar’e Stoudemire immerses in Judaism during coronavirus lockdown

The Maccabi Tel Aviv star reflects on his religious lifestyle and how it’s helped combat coronavirus.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
07/04/2020
Coronavirus: Now is the time to send Israeli medical teams to New York

Israel’s medical forces are primed and ready, possess the expertise and are currently available to treat a much larger scope of ill patients than is likely at the immediate time.

By RONNI GAMZU
08/04/2020
Muslim women stand as they pray after eating their iftar (breaking fast) meal during the holy month
Egypt to ban Ramadan gatherings to counter spread of coronavirus

Egypt will ban any gatherings and public iftars, or fast-breaking meals, as well as collective social activities.

By REUTERS
07/04/2020
Post poll shows Labor dead, Netanyahu soar

Asked whether they were satisfied with Netanyahu’s handling of the crisis over the coronavirus, 68% said yes, and only 30% said no. Among Likud voters, 95% said they were satisfied.

07/04/2020
Passing over coronavirus this Passover

This pandemic will pass over us, it will end. We do not know how, but we know that we have been tested before and we have come through.

Ayelet Shaked to 'Post': We all must cooperate, but not lose our values

Even amidst the fight to overcome COVID-19, we will never lose sight of our moral compass.

Soldiers of Israel's Home Front Command deliver food parcels to Bnei Brak, currently under coronavir
Coronavirus: If this is war, we must attack the enemy, without fear

Everyone is asking the question: When will we be able to return to normal? Flattening the curve does not provide an answer to this question.

Passover: The stubborn people vs a stubborn virus

The plague of the coronavirus has been indiscriminate: Every man, woman and child, in every country, of every religion, is a potential target of this calamitous pandemic.

By YIGAL MARCUS
07/04/2020
Media bias during the coronavirus outbreak - opinion

Media consumers presume, at the most basic level, that the media will inform them of the news using the most basic of tools, the four Ws: Who, What, When, Where and Why.

By YISRAEL MEDAD , ELI POLLAK
07/04/2020
I’ve had Seder in isolation, and this is my message of hope

More than 10 years have passed, but I can still smell the bleached sterility of Rambam Hospital’s bone marrow transplant ward

By YAEL PEARLMAN
07/04/2020
This Passover, pack your Coronasederette with Zionist thinkers – opinion

Beyond being the ultimate peoplehood people and freedom fighters, Zionists deftly transform traumas into opportunities.

07/04/2020
Grapevine April 8, 2020: Boomerang diplomacy

Movrs and shakers in Israeli society.

Business owners exploit coronavirus crisis to raise food prices

Within the last two weeks alone it was discovered that dozens of businesses have already raised the prices of foods such as eggs, milk, cheese and challah.

By CELIA JEAN
07/04/2020
Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog
Herzog to 'Post': Communities to face financial, antisemitic trouble

In the time of the coronavirus emergency, the Jewish Agency is stepping up to help, in the Diaspora and in Israel.

A man types into a keyboard during the Def Con hacker convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Israel cyber chief: We are protecting vaccine efforts from hacking

Infected persons alerts database delayed by week to secure privacy; Guarding Passover Zoom seders from attack

Israeli UFC fighter Noad "Neo" Lahat
Coronavirus: UFC's Dana White to secure private island for fights

He admitted part of his motive is to get sports back and give those sheltering in place something to look forward to sooner rather than later.

By REUTERS
07/04/2020
R. Kelly's request for prison release due to coronavirus denied by judge

"The defendant is currently in custody because of the risks that he will flee or attempt to obstruct, threaten or intimidate prospective witnesses."

By REUTERS
07/04/2020
Could coronavirus generate increased dynamism in Jewish law post-outbreak?

There is no doubt that these unique times have generated some unique rulings because of the exceptional time we are living through.

Coronavirus lockdown: Life-saving or lunacy?

“Lockdown is lunacy,” Prof. Yoram Lass, a member of the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, told The Jerusalem Post. “It's impossible to stop a virus by government decree.”

Bruce Springsteen to livestream concert from home

Springsteen had planned on releasing an album and touring with the E Street Band in 2020, but those plans seem to have been at the very least delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

By REUTERS
07/04/2020
Coronavirus: Israeli researchers design low-cost open-source ventilator

“AmboVent” is a device inspired by the bag-valve mask ventilators that paramedics use when they’re manually ventilating patients in an ambulance.

NGO: Israel must let communications equipment into Gaza amid virus crisis

The absence of such products has harmed the Gaza business sector in the midst of the global economic crisis

Israel under lockdown: Updated guidelines in English

The Jerusalem Post helps you understand the government's latest restrictions

'Israel could be a leader in the post-coronavirus digital world'

"As in every crisis, there are new opportunities and there is a lot of activity in Israel to detect what these possibilities will be," Prof. Leonardo Leiderman said in a webinar.

07/04/2020
Israel helps Palestinian sheikhs return from Indonesia

Katz thanks Germany for cooperation in bringing Israelis home

Yoav Galant
Immigrants now eligible to get welfare payments without visiting ministry

The payments will be made automatically and in full to the eligible immigrants and 'returning citizens.'

By CELIA JEAN
07/04/2020
Coronavirus economic impact could block Iran from funding terror – INSS

The coronavirus crisis pulled out the rug just as Tehran started to stabilize.

Coronavirus pandemic brings home need for proactive vaccine strategies

The pandemic has made it clear, to governments and big pharma alike, that dedicating significant resources to proactive vaccination strategies are key to save lives.

07/04/2020
People in Denmark stock up on sex toys for coronavirus lockdown

Sinful said sales of a 10-day love challenge for couples rose more than four-fold since mid-March compared with the same period before the lockdown.

By REUTERS
07/04/2020
Knesset commitee on coronavirus meets to discuss furher regulations, April 7, 2020
'Bad testing policy, lack of leadership, danger of irreparable damage'

The Knesset coronavirus task force's report offered the government recommendations, such as making changes to the country’s testing policies and establishing a national crisis-management body.

Crime scene [illustrative]
Illinois man shoots wife, commits suicide, fearing coronavirus

The woman was shot in the back of the head whereas the man’s injury was self-inflicted.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
07/04/2020
Despite coronavirus fears, Wisconsin to hold presidential primary

"Now voters will be forced to choose between their health and their right to vote, an untenable choice that responsible public officials tried to avoid."

By REUTERS
07/04/2020
Tobacco company may produce coronavirus vaccine

British American Tobacco recently announced that it is working on a potential vaccine for coronavirus through its US biotech subsidiary, Kentucky BioProcessing (KBP).

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
07/04/2020
A logo is pictured on the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
WHO: Middle East still has chance to scale up coronavirus response

The death rate in the region was similar to that globally and there have been encouraging signs of new cases in Iran flattening off in recent days, though other states were still at risk

By REUTERS
07/04/2020
Two pandas finally mate after 10 years, during zoo closure amid coronavirus

Since the park's shutdown, staff began to notice certain behaviors that would indicate the two pandas were entering the breeding season.

I’ve had Seder in isolation, and this is my message of hope

There is no doubting that Passover, and especially Seder this year, will be very tough. But I hope it will serve as a source of inspiration for us all, and as we always say, “Next year in Jerusalem."

By YAEL PEARLMAN
07/04/2020
Israeli coronavirus mapping technology to assist Indian authorities

The remote screening platform developed by Tel Aviv-based Diagnostic Robotics, has played a key role in Israel's efforts to monitor the spread of the outbreak in recent weeks.

07/04/2020
Members of firefighters wear protective face masks, amid fear of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as
Iran says coronavirus death toll nearing 4,000

The total number of coronavirus cases has reached 62,589, with 2,089 new infections, Jahanpur said.

By REUTERS
07/04/2020
The Yizkor Project - In Memory of the Jewish Victims of COVID-19

One of the many tragedies of the coronavirus is that people are dying as statistics, not as individuals.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
07/04/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the nation on the coronavirus outbreak, March 19, 2020
Israelis are happy with Israel's handling of coronavirus crisis - survey

"If you would have said two months ago that Bibi would shut down the entire country and the nation would be supporting him, no one would believe you."

By ZEV STUB
07/04/2020
IDF's Military Intelligence adds coronavirus to list of 'enemy' targets

“Over the past month we have been focused on a new enemy: corona.”

Bat Galim Shaer
Coronavirus isn’t the only threat dividing Jews: Here’s a way we can unite

“Worldwide” doesn’t seem so wide anymore as we have entered a state of isolation.

By BAT-GALIM SHAER
07/04/2020
Jewish community of Bnei Zion, India to celebrate Passover via Zoom

Fifty families are expected to take part in the online seder - which will include the reading of the hagaddah, singing songs and lots and lost of food.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
07/04/2020
Some of the packages sent to Bar Ilan University
Bar-Ilan U. Hospital gets medical donation from Chinese alumni

The group of Chinese alumni said that they decided on the initiative out of appreciation to the school.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
07/04/2020
An empty school is seen after Israel shut schools as part of precautionary measures against coronavi
Special education students to return to school after Passover

Approximately 52,000 special education students will return to study in small groups, according to clear and precise guidelines from the Health Ministry.

A Jewish ultra-Orthodox man looks onto a local billboard with instructions related to the coronaviru
Here's how Jerusalem is teaching ultra-Orthodox, Arabs about coronavirus

As both sectors tend to shun or distrust the mainstream media, distributing information comes with unique challenges.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
07/04/2020
An employee of German biopharmaceutical company CureVac, demonstrates research workflow on a vaccine
Coronavirus vaccine entering human trials after receiving FDA approval

Inovio has been well ahead of other pharmaceutical companies with regards to getting a working coronavirus vaccine into worldwide circulation.

Avi Berkowitz to 'Post': There should not be large Sdarim

Ahead of Passover, Special Assistant to President Trump, Avi Berkowitz, told The Jerusalem Post that people should celebrate the Seder with their nuclear families this year, urging social distancing.

Baroness Ariane de Rothschild
Coronavirus: Rothschild Foundation donates NIS 50m. to Israeli hospitals

The donation will help 22 hospitals acquire respirators, ICU beds, and other medical equipment

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
07/04/2020
Britain's supermarkets wrestle with coronavirus demand conundrum

"The problem is, can you feed 60 million people at the rate you can get people through the stores with that social distancing?" one industry executive told Reuters.

By REUTERS
07/04/2020
Coronavirus Passover: Israel under lockdown, 69 people dead

149 in serious condition, 117 intubated * Israel loses 37-year-old to the disease

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion (R) with Avi Berkowitz, Assistant to the President and Special Representa
Berkowitz to 'Post': Peace team focused on combating coronavirus now

Ahead of Passover, Special Assistant to President Trump Avi Berkowitz said that people should celebrate the Seder only with their nuclear families this year, urging social distancing.

Residents line up to collect vegetables purchased through group orders at a residential area in Wuha
China posts drop in coronavirus cases, Wuhan lockdown due to end

Mainland China reported on Tuesday a drop in new coronavirus cases after closing its borders to virtually all foreigners to curb imported infections.

By REUTERS
07/04/2020
Workers construct what is believed to be a makeshift morgue behind a NYC hospital
How Jewish communities are deploying Passover aid amid coronavirus lockdowns

Across America, Jewish federations are finding unconventional ways to cope with the restrictions while helping with Passover needs.

By LARRY LUXNER/JTA
07/04/2020
BGI, AID Genomics partner to build lab in Gaza to test 3,000 a day

In late March, Genetics giant BGI announced it would be working alongside Israeli company MyHeritage to build a lab capable of testing up to 10,000 people a day for coronavirus.

Basij volunteer sprays disinfectant as he sanitizes bus station, amid coronavirus fears in Iran
Iran has 500,000 people infected with coronavirus

Tehran's regime repeatedly refused to accept humanitarian aid from the US government.

Finance Office opposes coronavirus aid package to hard-hit El Al

El Al chairman Eli Defes warned earlier on Monday that El Al is "likely to close" if the government does not provide financial assistance within the coming days.

Natan Sharansky
Natan Sharansky: Despite coronavirus, Jews are connected

Ahead of the Jewish people’s first “coronavirus Passover,” the legendary hero shares a message of hope

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the Mologic Laboratory in the Bedford Technology Park
Coronavirus: Boris Johnson taken to ICU after condition worsens

The prime minister asked for Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputize for him when necessary.

By REUTERS
07/04/2020
The High Court of Justice during a hearing
High Court working on human rights petitions during coronavirus crisis

On Monday, the state filed a legal brief regarding a dispute over how much access to lawyers security detainees will have during the coronavirus period.

HAREDIM GATHER en masse in Bnei Brak. Is their leadership’s political model sustainable?
Don't scapegoat the haredim for the coronavirus crisis

Pictures of haredim holding large weddings after the government prohibited gathering of more than 10 people are maddening, But so, too, were photos of crowded Tel Aviv beaches.

The world can overcome the coronavirus crisis by working together

Globalization cannot be halted. Epidemics were never stemmed by isolation.

By ROEE KIBRIK
06/04/2020
Coronavirus leaves Jewish communities without Jews for Passover

Just like coronavirus has affected almost every single person, so too has the Internet response.

By MICAH D. HALPERN
06/04/2020
Coronavirus: Modern states and the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic – opinion

Despite significant scientific evidence and extensive predictions, not one Western democracy was prepared to deal with the coronavirus flare-up.

By FRED NAIDER
06/04/2020
Shipment of eggs arrives at Ashdod Port, April 5, 2020
The coronavirus outbreak and maritime trade to and from Israel

Despite the severe impact of the coronavirus on the Israeli economy and the Israeli industry sector, Israeli ports continue to function reasonably well.

By CHOREV SHAUL , ALEX GERSON
06/04/2020
Basij volunteer sprays disinfectant as he sanitizes bus station, amid coronavirus fears in Iran
Iran's coronavirus response shows where the regime's priorities lie

Despite the Iranian leadership’s misplaced values and egregious actions, the international community continues to turn a blind eye to blatant humanitarian abuses of the regime.

By NOAH PHILLIPS
06/04/2020
Real estate market
Coronavirus: Should real estate investors panic in the pandemic?

While the majority of hi-tech projects seeking funding have hit a snooze button, real estate projects must continue.

By YAEL TAMAR
06/04/2020
Jewish school 3D prints coronavirus face-shields for health workers

The school is now partnering with local organizations and individuals to increase the production of face-shields.

IDF and police gear up for Passover holiday with more troops deployed to help

Thousands of tons of food to be delivered to troops, residents of Bnei Brak; police to enforce government regulations over holiday.

Israel among first to try experimental Japanese coronavirus drug

The drug is to be tested on a total of 80 patients at Hadassah, Sourasky, Poriah Hospital in Tiberias and Soroka Hospital in Beersheba, together with researchers from Hebrew University.

PA warns Palestinians against smuggling workers back from Israel

Several Palestinians who were caught trying to smuggle workers from Israel in their vehicles were arrested by the PA security forces in the past few days.

Can we both save lives and the economy? Israeli scientists say 'Yes'

Simply placing everyone in quarantine is not a good enough solution.

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