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.

Naftali Bennett’s 20-step action plan to solve coronavirus now

Bennett, who is trending high in recent political polls shared on Facebook shared his 20 steps “that I would have already taken tonight if I were prime minister.”

Protests led to spike in coronavirus infection - report

Researchers looked at two parameters: the estimated period for infection growth rate and the five-day abnormal infection growth rate.

A man rides a subway in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., June 25, 2020.
Coronavirus-related scams have cost Americans $145 million - FTC

The fraudulent operations targeted those waiting to receive stimulus relief and unemployment benefits, as well as treatment for coronavirus infections.

Israeli rapid COVID-19 test to be used in major European airports

A trial of the test last month involving some 400 people at Sheba showed about 95% accuracy.

Petition urges FDA, other bodies to stop using sharks in COVID-19 vaccines

Despite existing alternatives, squalene made from sharks is commonly used because it is readily available and is often cheap, rather than due to its effectiveness.

On Rosh Hashanah, Argentine city holds car show-inspired drive-in service

The event was organized in coordination with the local government to comply with COVID-19 protocols and guidelines.

Azerbaijan's Mountain Jews Museum could spark tourism revival, eventually

Local Jews are eager for the tourists to return, but with most flights into Baku on hold, including from Tel Aviv, that prospect remains far off.

New COVID-19 clusters in Jewish NY neighborhoods of 'significant concern'

The new data comes amid signs of growing alarm in New York City’s Orthodox communities about the possible beginning of a second wave of cases, after a brutal spring and relatively quiet summer.

A Jewish worshipper holds the Four Species, used in rituals for the holiday of Sukkot which began la
Online four species sales to jump ahead of Sukkot due to COVID lockdown

Four species sets can also be purchased for the needy, with 1,600 such sets bought last year and distributed to disabled people, at risk youth and others.

Avi Gabbay (left) and Ambassador to France, Eric Danon.
Grapevine, September 23, 2020: Fast lane diplomacy

The movers and shakers of Israeli society.

Demonstrators protest the government's mismanagement of the fight against COVID-19 and demand the re
Mass protests and large indoor minyans make no sense now - analysis

Both freedom to protest and freedom of worship are fundamental rights in a democracy. But on certain rare occasions the rights of individuals need to be curbed temporarily for the public good.

Israel's colossal coronavirus failure - analysis

The public must hold up a mirror to itself.

ISRAELIS DEMONSTRATE against the three-week nationwide lockdown and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyah
Who benefits from the coronavirus crisis?

Unless there is a rational, coherent, long-term strategy for how to handle this crisis, we will just keep sputtering along, inflicting pain for no purpose.

General Kochavi at Daliet El Carmel
IDF chief observes coronavirus relief efforts in northern Israel

During the visit, Kochavi was presented with local emergency preparation plans. He also observed IDF's local relief efforts in wake of the coronavirus.

A beggar sits and asks for money amid the coronavirus crisis, Jerusalem, 2020
Nat'l Economic Council chairman: Poor are least impacted by COVID poverty

Rivlin asks to reduce fines for people in dire economic circumstances

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, United Arab Emirates (UAE) Foreign Minister Abdullah bin
Netanyahu, Bahrain leader speak on the phone

The phone call, which took place during the coronavirus cabinet meeting, was about possible ways of cooperation between Israel and Bahrain.

Walmart to test drone delivery of COVID-19 test kits

The drones launched on Tuesday will drop the COVID-19 self-collection kits on driveways, front sidewalks or backyards of homes within a one-mile radius of designated Walmart stores.

Ambassador Nadav Eschar offers an award certificate to his Vietnamese counterparts.
Vietnam to give Israel 100,000 coronavirus face masks

The masks, produced by a local company called PSD, will be delivered to ZAKA volunteers in Israel.

Chief Rabbi David Lau prays at special prayer service during coronavirus outbreak, March 2020
Chief Rabbi: Lockdown can't be enforced only on synagogues

Also on Tuesday, Beit Shemesh Mayor Aliza Bloch stressed that "synagogues are not the enemy of the nation."

Finance Min. D-G warns corona cabinet: Steps you take will cost billions

The warning arrives on the heels of another relief plan, to the tune of NIS 10.5 billion, approved by the cabinet on Monday night.

Grotto: Goal of lockdown is to drop to 7% infection rate

"It is not possible to present anything concrete at the moment – it depends on what the success of the lockdown will be."

Montreal Jewish school is shut down for 2 weeks over coronavirus outbreak

Since the pandemic began, Quebec province has seen about 67,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and about 5,800 deaths.

University of Pennsylvania.
2 furloughed UPenn kosher chefs open a kosher food truck to help the needy

“We’re trying to change lives, to put a lot of these young youths, young adults, single mothers, single parents, parents, anybody, on the right track,” Harris said.

Orthodox Jews in Antwerp, Belgium, in 2012
Coronavirus is testing the resilience of Europe’s small Jewish communities

Six months after the coronavirus brought much of European Jewish life to a halt, communities across the continent have mostly adjusted to life under the cloud of a global pandemic.

Cabinet approves coronavirus economic relief package

The cost of the approved plan is estimated at NIS 10.5 billion.

US nears grim milestone of 200,000 COVID-19 deaths

Trump has previously admitted to playing down the danger of the coronavirus early on because he did not want to "create a panic."

Israel surpasses US in coronavirus patients per capita

“Israel has been one of the leading countries in the world in infected people per capital for a while,” said Prof. Ronit Calderon-Margalit.

Ministers to get 10% pay cut

The Monday vote is meant to start the new Jewish year with a message of “improving the national spirit,” yet it comes as bankruptcies surge, with 2,283 businesses closing in June.

Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Donald Trump in the Oval Office, as Sara Netanyahu and Jared Kushner l
Health Ministry might penalize Netanyahu aides who violated quarantine

Social media adviser Topaz Luk and foreign affairs adviser Reuven Azar, senior aides to the prime minister, broke quarantine rules over the weekend.

Assuta Ashdod University Hospital
Coronavirus cabinet to meet today, as seriously ill spike

More than 1,300 COVID-19 patients hospitalized * Netanyahu shifts blame to MKs

World leaders to mark UN at 75 as pandemic challenges organization

The United Nations was created when countries came together after World War Two to prevent another such conflict.

Ichilov Medical team at the coronavirus unit, in the Ichilov hospital, Tel Aviv, Israel, July 28, 20
Coronavirus may increase risk of premature births, complications

"The take home message is that pregnant women can get seriously ill with this.”

Trump's promise to vaccinate all Americans by April unrealistic - experts

New research shows the fear that the vaccine approval process is being fast-tracked is causing Americans to worry the vaccine won't be safe, and as a result, they are less likely to get vaccinated.

TEST TUBE with coronavirus label is seen at the end of January.
US sets record with over 1 million coronavirus tests in a day

Since the start of the pandemic, testing shortages have hampered efforts to curb the spread of the virus.

Coronavirus found on imported squid packaging in China

The Changchun COVID-19 prevention office said the squid had been imported from Russia by a company in Hunchun city and brought to the provincial capital.

Is social distancing enough to prevent coronavirus spread on long flights?

"Long flights not only can lead to importation of COVID-19 cases but also can provide conditions for superspreader events," significant findings show as countries resume international travel.

Pine-Sol gains EPA approval for coronavirus-combatting disinfectant

The EPA has said that there are at least a few products that can be used as disinfectants, and how they should be used to maximize the disinfectants' effectiveness.

Temple Mount remains open despite nationwide coronavirus lockdown

The Waqf stressed that if Israel does not ban Jewish worshipers from ascending to the Temple Mount, they will allow Muslim worshipers to arrive at any time.

Hebrew U. research finds flu outbreak pattern during the winter

What they found was that weather prediction models were more effective in predicting flu outbreaks than singular variables such as temperature or rain.

Restaurateurs in Israel smash plates to protest coronavirus lockdown

The coordinated protest took place in multiple cities, with owners in Bat Yam, Tel Aviv and Haifa seen smashing plates.

Israeli PM Netanyahu and Indian PM Modi shake hands at a press conference in New Delhi.
Indian PM extends Rosh Hashanah wishes to Netanayhu and Jewish community

Modi joins a row of prime ministers and officials from various countries who have sent Rosh Hashanah greetings to the Jewish world in the last couple of days.

Coronavirus cabinet to convene Tuesday, police issue 3,000 tickets

Nearly 700 patients in serious condition * 40 people died over the holiday

Alternate Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benny Gantz
‘Israel is bigger than Bibi and me’

"I still think it is wrong to have a prime minister with three indictments," Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz told The Jerusalem Post.

A vial of the measles, mumps, and rubella virus (MMR) vaccine is pictured at the International Commu
WHO, UNICEF sign to ensure universal health coverage in shadow of COVID-19

In the fight against COVID-19, universal healthcare has been found to be key to a strong response.

 Palestinians, wearing masks as a preventive measure against the coronavirus disease, work in a bake
Gaza to run out of coronavirus equipment in weeks - PA Health Ministry

"Drug supplies...required for the services provided to COVID-19 patients will only last for a month at the latest."

New survey reveals tourism industry reached record highs before COVID-19

According to the survey, 94.4% of tourists ranked their visit to Israel as good to excellent.

Health Ministry publishes outline for holding protests during lockdown

"In these complicated days of dealing with a state of emergency that requires limiting the freedom of individuals, increased efforts need to be made in order to protect the freedom of speech."

One in 7 reported COVID-19 infections is among health workers, WHO says

The WHO called for frontline medical workers to be provided with protective equipment to prevent them from being infected.

New York state issues guidance for High Holy Day services

The Health Department recommends filling synagogues to no more than 33% capacity indoors and keeping 6 feet of distance between worshippers.

26 Jewish schools unite to exhort families to play it safe amid COVID-19

The letter makes clear that the consequences of not complying could be steep.

A man wears a protective face mask as he walks along the main market in downtown Amman
Jordan to jail organizers of social events due to coronavirus fears

Health Minister Saad Jaber blamed the surge in cases on "irresponsible" behavior at social gatherings where many mingle without masks and social distancing.

Israeli police officers take out ultra-Orthodox Jewish men from the Ponevezh Yeshiva in Bnei Brak, a
The coronavirus and Israeli Kulturkampf

Peace agreements are no substitute for public health, for jobs and for social solidarity.

Ehud Olmert to 'Post': Rosh Hashanah is Without joy or hope

What logic is this decision based upon? Why is the closure scheduled to last two to three weeks and not two to three months? What public health logic justifies closure in the first place?

Calculating taxes
Your taxes: Corona business update

Claim at the relevant governmental (usually the Israel Tax Authority) website and give your bank account details, otherwise you might miss out. Delays are occurring. Mistakes can now be appealed.

Five steps to stop the spread of coronavirus

HEALTH AFFAIRS: Assuta Medical Centers chairman Shuki Shemer: There is no public health without the public.

ABU DHABI’S Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan attends the Gulf Cooperation Council su
Emirati Crown Prince is this year's 'person of the year,' not coronavirus

MIDDLE ISRAEL: Emirati Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed (MBZ) did not have to normalize his country’s ties with Israel.

Gaza reports first COVID-19 cases outside quarantine areas, declares lockdown
Decision-making expert urges gov't to communicate better with public

"When I examine data on patients' persistence in taking medicine, I see two notions that can be deduced about the level of compliance with the coronavirus restrictions," Dr. Talya Miron-Shatz said.

One-third of Netanyahu’s voters believe COVID-19 was sent by God - survey

The survey includes 800 Jewish Israeli respondents and has a 3.5% margin of error.

Gov’t allocates additional sums to help locked businesses

The aid is meant to encourage employers, reeling from losses and uncertainty, to hold on to their workers with the government shouldering a portion of their wages.

A volunteer receives an injection in a human clinical trial for a potential vaccine against the nove
Moderna to seek emergency use of COVID-19 vaccine if data shows efficacy

Moderna's vaccine candidate - mRNA-1273 - is nearing the finish line in its push to enroll 30,000 individuals in a late-stage trial of a novel coronavirus vaccine.

How the coronavirus lockdown acts as peephole into Israel - analysis

The confusion surrounding the regulations, the finger pointing, many trying to figure out how exactly they can bypass them, speaks volumes about who we are and how we operate.

Ukraine denies entry to all 1,000 Breslov hassidim waiting at border

Breslov pilgrims had hoped for last minute permit to enter Ukraine to go to Uman for annual Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage.

Enzymes in bacteria could help fight coronavirus - Weizmann Institute

In humans virus-fighting enzymes, known as viperins, are released into the bloodstream when the body detects an infection.

The Katzman family from Toronto at the airport before making Aliyah to Israel
Nefesh B'Nefesh's last flight of olim for 5780 lands day before lockdown

"Despite the lockdowns and [coronavirus]-related restrictions, we proudly continue our holy work of Aliyah," Aliyah and Integration Minister Pnina Tamano Shata said.

Jewish men pray at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City. April 1
In courtyards and online, holiday services will look different this year

The rampant COVID-19 outbreak means that synagogues have effectively become no-go zones, even during the week.

Cancer patients may not be high-risk for coronavirus, researchers say

The researchers found that the assumption that cancer patients should be considered as at-risk for coronavirus was without any scientific basis.

Rambam activates its underground hospital for combating COVID-19 pandemic

The fortified underground hospital was established after the Second Lebanon War, and was built in order to assure a functioning medical center during a rocket attack.

Televised Rosh Hashanah celebrations aim to raise spirits during lockdown

The celebration will be attended by people from Israel and around the world, including actors, singers, comedians, politicians, intellectuals, media personalities and more.

Fabric offers innovative robotic solutions ahead of Rosh Hashanah

The Israeli company promotes the usage of Micro-Fulfillment Centers (MFC) to ensure Israelis get their delivery in two hours or less.

Cartoon rats (Illustrative)
What can rats teach us in a time of pandemic?

Though rat bites can cause a nasty condition called hantavirus, we are healthy, thank God a million times, but our furry frenemies? They are with us.

Researchers claim 1,000 to 2,500 more people will die during lockdown

A team of researchers from Hebrew U published a report predicting a significant increase in corona deaths * IDF report determines that higher corona numbers are not a result of increased testing.

Nation locks down as PM threatens more restrictions

Closure begins at 2 p.m., to last for at least two weeks • Gamzu: ‘The public is not with us’

The Twitter application is seen on a phone screen August 3, 2017
Twitter designs new Emoji for Rosh Hashanah

The Emoji was designed so one could differentiate between the honey and the apple even at a small size.

China says will make 'necessary response' to US official's Taiwan visit

The visit will give succor to the forces of Taiwan independence and damage Sino-U.S. ties, Wang said.

Government offers NIS 1 billion to help businesses

The eight-part plan includes grants of NIS 5,000 per employee not sent to unpaid leave.

El Al plane
Eli Rozenberg holds 42% of El Al shares, company prepares to renew flights

The State of Israel, which had agreed to buy shares the public doesn't want, has bought shares worth about NIS 100 million, giving it a 12%-15% stake in the company.

A Spanish flag flutters in the air as the capital of Spain is seen from the observatory deck of Madr
Spain's COVID tracing app tries to balance public health with privacy

RadarCOVID's developers also had to navigate Spain's healthcare system, which devolves responsibility to 17 regions.

I’m going to miss singing in synagogue, what does that say about prayer?

Since I’m Orthodox, I can’t use technology during the holiday, so I’m left with toughing it out alone at home or braving what will certainly be a pared-down in-person service.

How Jews are adapting to the sudden disappearance of communal singing

Singing together in person is dangerous right now. The alarming reports of superspreader choir rehearsals gave rise to an early recommendation.

Here’s why my congregation is praying in person during the High Holidays

An Orthodox rabbi who takes COVID-19 very seriously explains his reasoning for adopting a new prayer structure for the High Holidays.

Why I’m praying with my community on Rosh Hashanah this year

Two years ago, I couldn't - I was sitting shiva for my father. I thought I would never have to spend Rosh Hashanah without a community again.

rand Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum speaks at a mass gathering of Satmar Hasidic Jews in New York
Brooklyn Satmar rabbi to skip Rosh Hashanah due to rising COVID-19 cases

Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum will remain in Kiryas Joel for Rosh Hashanah because of new cases of COVID-19 in his upstate town, according to an announcement from a local synagogue shared on social media.

Research by Yafit Gilboa of Jerusalem's Hebrew University on cognitive decline among cancer survivor
Israeli researchers discover how stress affects fight against COVID-19

“We’re going to see the outcomes of this outbreak way beyond the direct effects of the virus on those who were infected."

Red Cross aiding hundreds of Jewish pilgrims amassed at Ukraine borders

“At around 3 a.m. the wind started picking up, cold winds and children started shivering, and elderly people started turning blue.”

Coronavirus High Holy Days lockdown rules - everything you need to know

The following restrictions go into effect at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 18:

Trump contradicts CDC director on vaccines: 'he was confused'

Redfield, head of the federal government's disease control agency, made his comments in testimony before a US Senate panel.

Democratic US presidential candidate Joe Biden at a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., Ju
Biden outlines COVID-19 vaccine plan: I trust scientists, not Donald Trump

"Let me be clear: I trust vaccines, I trust scientists, but I don’t trust Donald Trump," Biden said. "At this moment, the American people can’t either."

First Chadian military cargo plane to land in Israel for humanitarian aid

IFA with the help of the American Jewish Committee has donated tents to help 12,000 people made homeless by floods in that country.

President Rivlin: ‘We will only prevail together’

“We must refrain from blaming other parts of the society as if one sector is ‘responsible’ for spreading the disease,” the president stressed.

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