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.

Voices from the Arab press: The future of America's wars

A weekly selection of opinions and analyses from the Arab media around the world.

By MEDIA LINE
13/05/2021

Despite COVID-19, a historic Beersheba sewing machine shop stitched on

Opened in 1960 by Vilna native Abraham Kamenman, the shop today is a leading national importer of sewing machines, selling and repairing sewing machines for clients across Israel.

By ANAV SILVERMAN PERETZ
13/05/2021

COVID-19: Political alignments of face masks, social distancing - opinion

COVID-19 didn’t make us anxious. We did, and we masked our troubles with polarizing politics

By URIEL ABULOF
12/05/2021

Meet Ted Benna, initiator of the 401(k) retirement plan in the US

A candid conversation with the father of modern retirement

By JOSEPH SCUTTS
12/05/2021

Jerusalem: Our connection to Israel's capital city - opinion

On more than one occasion, I have stood there and recited the lines of King David’s beautiful Psalm, which resonated on May 10, 2021, when Israel celebrated Jerusalem Day.

By ROBERT HERSOWITZ
12/05/2021

Israel’s COVID-19 pandemic economic report card: B+

Israel’s effective vaccination program has enabled it to emerge more quickly than the US and Europe from COVID-19 lockdowns and restart the economy.

By SHLOMO MAITAL
12/05/2021

COVID-19 in New York City: How the pandemic impacts the city

The city that prides itself on its tourists had to make do with the locals riding the few carriages on Central Park.

By SHOSHANA TITA
12/05/2021
An Argentinian flag waves at the Presidential Palace Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires, Argentina October

Mauro Viale, 73, popular Argentine television host, dies at age 73

Viale graduated from journalism school in 1969. Early in his career, he worked as a press attache for the Israeli Embassy.

By JTA STAFF
12/05/2021

COVID: FDA okays Pfizer vaccine for teens, Israel may start by end of May

So far, the country has vaccinated around 5.42 million people with at least one dose of the Pfizer vaccine out of an eligible population of about 6.3 million.

US children ages 12 to 15 could begin COVID-19 vaccinations Thursday

The vaccine has been available under an emergency use authorization to people as young as 16 in the United States.

By REUTERS
11/05/2021

COVID-19 vaccine campaign: Israel, Italy - a tale of 2 countries - opinion

It is thought that in Italy, the vaccine rollout is among the worst.

By YAEL MIRIAM DELLA ROCCA
10/05/2021
A man enters the main branch of Bank Hapoalim, Israel's biggest bank, in Tel Aviv

How to manage 200 couples who have been forced to delay weddings

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

By DUDU LEVY REICH
10/05/2021
Amir Yaron attends a ceremony whereby he is sworn in as Bank of Israel governor by Israel's Presiden

Low inflation to keep Israel rates 'accommodative' -central bank chief

A key question, the governor said, is how much of the gain stems from bottlenecks in the economy and adjustments in supply and demand.

By REUTERS
10/05/2021

No link between aspirin and increased COVID-19 risk - study

When controlled for comorbidities, it was found that pre-exisitng conditions independently increased the likelihood of coronavirus infection.

The EU has been and is at the avant-garde of globalization.

Coronavirus has changed globalization’s trajectory - comment

On March 16, Nordstrom’s 380 stores in the US and Canada bustled with typical Monday activity. Just one day later, all of those stores went dark.

Families in need, and a fintech company ready to help out

eToro has donated $100,000 dollars to families hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic

By MICHAL GALANTI
09/05/2021

Coronavirus in Israel: Less than 1,000 active cases in the whole country

A family returning from abroad and breaking the quarantine requirements has generated several new cases of Chilean variant, the Health Ministry said.

German antisemitism chief calls for ban on Star of David at COVID protests

Klein stressed that antisemitic groups that previously had little interaction with each other were suddenly joining up at anti-coronavirus-regulation protests.

09/05/2021

Brazilian lone soldier works to honor parents lost to COVID-19

In Israel, Thiago Benzecry mourned without any family nearby to support him.

By MARCUS GILBAN/JTA
09/05/2021

Hospitals to strike on Monday: ‘Doctors thrown out like the garbage’

“We are aware of the damage a strike causes,” Israel Medical Association's chairman said. “We are not looking for a bonus. We are looking to give the citizens of Israel the healthcare they deserve."

Van Morrison's 'They Own the Media' faced with antisemitism claims

Many reviews of Van Morrison's new track came out and mentioned that the title could be an antisemitic trope.

Visibly pregnant 34-year-old Narkis receives her coronavirus vaccine in Tel Aviv, January 21, 2021.

Coronavirus creates an opportunity to fight hospital-acquired infections

Highlighting the need to enforce hygiene standards in hospitals and implementing innovative technologies that can create a significant change.

By ORNA GOLDBERG
08/05/2021

Acclimating to the outside world in style

A stay at Shalom Hotel & Relax in Tel Aviv is a lovely way to acclimate to the world once again as we evolve from the pandemic. Highly recommended.

By DEBI RUBIN
08/05/2021

Why Cyprus should be your next vacation destination

Thanos Hotels cater to every guest: nature lovers, history buffs, families, wine and food connoisseurs, water sports enthusiasts or those just looking for a relaxing sea-view getaway.

By HADASSAH BRENNER
08/05/2021

Indian states impose stricter lockdowns as COVID deaths hit record high

India's health ministry reported 4,187 fatalities over the past 24 hours, taking the overall death toll to just under 240,000, though experts say the real death toll is likely far higher.

By REUTERS
08/05/2021
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Orthodox Jewish camp to ban kids, staff vaccinated for coronavirus

A survivalist summer camp for Orthodox Jews is planned for New York — and vaccinated folks aren’t invited.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
08/05/2021

Israel sends additional COVID-19 aid to India to combat severe outbreak

The second cargo plane full of medical equipment took off from Israel early on Friday and is expected to be followed by more shipments over the next few days.

A healthcare worker treats a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) positive patient inside a COVID-19 unit

Balding men face higher risk of severe COVID-19 infection - study

A new study shows that variations of the gene responsible for male pattern baldness are present in 79% of serious COVID-19 cases in men.

Travelers at Ben-Gurion Airport in March - to bring tourists back to Israel is not an act of lunacy.

Israelis can travel to UK beginning mid-May

UK, EU to greenlight the entry of Israeli tourists starting as early as the middle of this month.

Hadassah-University Medical Center doctors fly to Argentina on May 7, 2021

Hadassah considers Argentina for Israeli COVID-19 Phase III vaccine trial

A delegation, led by Prof. Yoram Weiss, has arrived in the South American country. The Health Ministry has warned of high infection in Argentina.

Young Diaspora Jews came to volunteer in Israel, receive vaccine as well

Many of the vaccinations for people coming from North and South America took place in Beit Leni in Tel Aviv.

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Israel Police taser use continued to rise in 2020 despite coronavirus

Police used tasers 572 times last year, an 8% rise when compared to 2019, and a 24% rise compared to 2018.

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Sheldon Silver, former NY Assembly speaker, ordered back to prison

Silver, 77, was furloughed under a measure meant to control the spread of coronavirus in prison.

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL / JTA
07/05/2021

India’s Jews try to stay safe while offering relief to the hardest hit

India’s approximately 7,000 Jews, most of whom live in Mumbai, generally belong to the privileged minority with the means to self-isolate.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
07/05/2021

Jared Moskowitz, Florida’s Democratic ‘master of disaster,’ steps down

Moskowitz's stated reason for quitting is he missed his young family.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
07/05/2021

NY Jewish federation sending $200K in COVID relief to India

“It’s heartbreaking to see the scenes from India today, and we hope our aid will spur others to join the relief effort,” Eric Goldstein, CEO of UJA-Federation of New York, said in a statement.

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL / JTA
07/05/2021

US bound-migrants vaccinated for COVID-19 in Mexican border city

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and US Vice President Kamala Harris are due to explore ways of tackling undocumented immigration in talks on Friday.

By REUTERS
06/05/2021

Coronavirus: Where will Israelis fly abroad, what red tape is in the way?

TRAVEL ADVISER: Israelis are starting to grasp that a trip of a few days or a week to Cyprus or Greece will likely be less expensive than vacationing in Israel, but the top destination is to the US.

UAE-Israel trade offers global import opportunities for Israeli firms

About 52% of the UAE’s total population and 62% of Israel’s total population have received at least one vaccine dose, allowing both economies to reopen faster than other places around the world.

By SARA TOTH STUB
06/05/2021

We’ll see Meron’s effect on coronavirus next week, health official says

It was easier to impose a national lockdown than differentiated policies, Tomer Lotan, executive director at the National Coronavirus Taskforce, tells Post.

Tel Aviv prepares for return of int'l travel, calls on tourists to return

Israel is preparing for the return of international tourism following a year-long hiatus due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with skies set to open up to foreign tourists in late May.

A healthcare worker hands over doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to a doctor at Messe Wi

2 Pfizer COVID-19 shots 95% effective in preventing infection - study

This new study, which reported on national data for the first time, indicates that vaccines can help control the pandemic.

Dr. Anthony Fauci: 'Israel is close to herd immunity'

"I often use Israel as the prototype example of what actually goes right" Fauci said, acknowledging Israel's success in the fight against coronavirus.

06/05/2021

Lessons learned from the COVID pandemic: Make each minute count

Boundaries have been blurred in every way imaginable and our work-life never seemed to end.

By DR. BATYA L. LUDMAN
06/05/2021

COVID revolution: How pandemic could change the hospital's role forever

Hospitals were forced to reinvent themselves almost overnight.

Jerusalem Day: Fight fires at home, avoid crossfires abroad - opinion

As fires rage around the world – COVID, race wars, antisemitism – we are again privileged to be precisely here, fighting our own battles instead of being caught in the crossfire of others’.

Mercantile CEO: We turned crisis into opportunity

“In 2020, corona also reached Israel, and the crisis caused by the epidemic brought with it, among other things, significant risks in banking activity.”

Despite COVID-19, Israeli violinist to perform Mozart Concerto #5

The concert will take place at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in the framework of Museum’s chamber series and will be repeated in Ness Ziona Pais Art Center next night.

By MAXIM REIDER
05/05/2021

Israeli start-up aims to be ‘intelligence unit’ for health issues, COVID

After helping thousands of individual patients in their decision-making process, sometimes in a matter of hours, the company has started to work also with hospitals and governments.

Pfizer vaccine doesn't affect sperm and COVID-19 preconceptions debunked

The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

By REUTERS
05/05/2021

Former health chief to ‘Post’: Meron misplanning led to deaths

Prof. Siegal Sadetzki: Mutations could bring COVID-19 back to Israel

Turkey welcomes foreign tourists while locking down locals

The government has exempted foreign holidaymakers from the 2-1/2-week long lockdown in an effort to revitalize tourism, a critical sector of the Turkish economy.

By DAREN BUTLER/ REUTERS
05/05/2021

Delta to increase New York-Israel flights to three per day

This comes after the airline will already be increasing the frequency of its New York-Israel flights from 10 a week to 14 starting June 1.

Coronavirus: Green pass extended through 2021, no need for third shot beforehand

Green passports in Israel are granted to all those who are fully vaccinated or recovered from the virus.

The Italian flag waves over the Quirinal Palace in Rome, Italy May 30, 2018

Italy likely to allow Israeli tourists into the country in mid-May

Jerusalem prepares to welcome the first foreign tourists in over a year starting May 23, from a list of countries that includes the US, the UK, France, Australia and Italy.

'Up to 1/3' of COVID-19 patients experience neurological manifestations

The study is the largest systematic review and meta-analysis of COVID-19 symptoms to date, the study authors said, barring other ongoing studies.

Israel’s Baruch Padeh sends medical delegation to Botswana, Africa

In December 2020, Sheba Medical Center also sent a delegation of nearly two dozen medical personnel to Italy to assist during the country’s second wave.

The Aura Air system on a bus

Yuval Bronshtein appointed chairman of Aura Smart Air

Aura Smart Air has helped set up air purification systems in transport companies and businesses around the world to combat the pandemic.

Jerusalem Municipality to provide services to retirees at reduced cost

The program, which launched on Tuesday, will be led by social workers, costs NIS 10 per meeting, for ten meetings.

Charles E Smith Jewish Day School students earning their popsicles after a long day of outdoor exper

It’s always “Mission Possible” at JNF-USA’s High School in Israel

Staff and Students Express Elation Over Return to JNF-USA’s High School in Israel.

By JD KREBS
05/05/2021

Dutch party equates COVID measures to Nazism on Holocaust Remembrance Day

The message, which suggested that COVID-19 measures have undone the liberation from the Nazis, drew sharp rebuke from Dutch Jews.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
05/05/2021
El Al plane

No need for plane ticket before applying to come to Israel

Following efforts for Diaspora Affairs Minister Omer Yankelevich, relatives of Israelis seeking to visit their loved ones in Israel can now apply for an entry permit before purchasing a ticket.

After COVID-19, Israel Festival makes its return

The festival's 60th iteration will take place June 3-19.

04/05/2021

Coronavirus: Number of serious patients in Israel drops below 100

Starting from Thursday, venues functioning under the green pass outline will be able to operate without any restriction except for the requirement to wear masks indoors.

Healthcare workers test a resident outside a temple in Dharavi

Coronavirus in India: Cases top 20m. prompting lockdown call

With 3.45 million active cases, India recorded 357,229 new infections over the last 24 hours, while deaths rose by 3,449 to 222,408.

By REUTERS
04/05/2021

Israel-based software developers create app to tackle mental health

The new software targets an individuals' memory imaging system, displaying images that build on life events that have left emotional scars on a person overtime.

Israel sends COVID-19 aid to India

The aid includes thousands of group and individual oxygen generators, which the Indian health system needs urgently.

Rapid testing at Ben-Gurion Airport before fight, March 8, 2021.

Foreigners in Israel will now be able to leave for short period and return

The re-entry permit may be useful for foreign university, yeshiva and seminary students and workers in Israel.

What will it take for me to go back to synagogue? - opinion

Are we just lazy or fearful of becoming sick? Or have we become dependent on the safety and security of keeping close to home?

By GARY ROSENBLATT/JTA
04/05/2021

Couple at center of anti-vax school controversy gave to Jewish causes

The couple have given to the Hebrew Academy, a local Jewish day school, and to Jewish Adoption and Family Care Options, which administers to abused, neglected and at-risk children.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
04/05/2021
Candles burn

Synagogues touched by COVID adapt to serve grieving congregations

In Los Angeles, the surge of COVID-19 infections got so bad in December that Sinai Temple shut down all outdoor services and activities until the first week of March.

By STEWART AIN/JTA
04/05/2021

Coronavirus: Two cases of Brazilian variant found in Israel for 1st time

Some 19 additional cases of Indian variant were also identified * Chilean variant detected in a vaccinated adult.

Scouts collect 600 used computers for families in need

Mitchashvim, the national initiative to collect computers for families in need, was launched at the start of the coronavirus pandemic and has handed out hundreds of refurbished computers.

03/05/2021

Beit Lessin Theater resumes activity after over a year with new premiere

Rehearsals for the play were held during the Corona period, but its release was halted until the cultural world was reopened.

By MICHAL GALANTI
03/05/2021

One in two people globally lost income due to the pandemic

The COVID-19 crisis has hit workers across the world; about 1.7 billion adults globally said they temporarily stopped working at their job or business due to the pandemic.

By REUTERS
03/05/2021
Tourists wear protective masks in Saint Mark's Square in Venice as Italy battles a coronavirus outbr

Will 2021 see the return of wanderlust? - opinion

Wanderlust has taken on a new meaning with the return of travel as the COVID vaccine begins to be administered worldwide.

'COVID forced us to innovate a new approach to philanthropy'

Balasha is spearheading the transition of what was once known as the Israel Free Loan Association (IFLA), an organization that has provided financial help since 1990, into something bigger.

02/05/2021

Israel registers fewest new coronavirus cases in a year

Only 102 patients were in serious condition as of Sunday morning, less than a tenth of the number at the peak of the pandemic.

IDF: For first time since coronavirus outbreak, no soldiers are sick

Following an intensive vaccination campaign in Israel and within the military, about 80% of troops have been vaccinated.

Coronavirus affected by warm temperatures, may follow a seasonal path - study

Countries across the world should experience a drop in positive coronavirus cases during the summer months, and a resurgence when the colder weather reemerges, the researchers claimed.

Indian scientists flag virus mutations that could 'evade immune response'

However the advisers said while they were flagging the mutations, there was no reason currently to believe they were expanding or could be dangerous.

By REUTERS
01/05/2021
A protester holding an "Abuse isn't Love" sign at a protest against violence against women in Tel Av

Jewish domestic violence survivors in US lacking support - study

The coronavirus pandemic caused spikes in domestic violence around the world, emphasizing the need for solutions for survivors.

01/05/2021

India's daily COVID-19 cases pass 400,000 as second wave worsens

This is the first time India's daily case count had topped 400,000 after 10 consecutive days over 300,000. Deaths from COVID-19 jumped by 3,523 over the past 24 hours.

By REUTERS
01/05/2021
Jewish worshippers sing and dance as they stand on tribunes at the Lag B'Omer event in Mount Meron o

After Meron tragedy: How to survive a crowd crush

While there is “no golden rule," there are best practices for surviving a stampede.

Rapid testing at Ben-Gurion Airport before fight, March 8, 2021.

Israel approves travel ban to 7 states with high COVID infection

The forbidden countries include Ukraine, Ethiopia, Brazil, South Africa, India, Mexico and Turkey.

Risk from variants remains after first Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine - UK study

But the immune response after a first dose of the shot was weaker in people who had not previously been infected, potentially leaving them at risk from such variants, researchers said.

By REUTERS
30/04/2021
A healthcare worker prepares to administer a dose of Sinovac's CoronaVac coronavirus disease (COVID-

Chile studies COVID-19 'green card' similar to Israel's green passport

Chile's vaccination drive is the fastest in Latin America thus far, and among the top five globally in terms of percentage of its population with at least one shot.

By REUTERS
30/04/2021

Genetic changes could be behind long-term COVID symptoms

Even those with asymptomatic COVID infections could have long-lasting changes in genetic expression which could be behind long-lasting symptoms in recovered patients.

Special operation brings battered horse home to Israel from Gaza

Coronavirus strain growing threat for horses in Israel - study

In the study, some 58.6% of horses in central Israel were found to be positive with ECoV, while 41 horses (12.3%) also were found to be with anti-ECoV antibodies.

Amid COVID-19, Israel needs to help olim and their families - editorial

Why are there not clearer guidelines? Do we not care about olim and their families? Does the government not understand that there are olim here who are alone?

Israel's next COVID-19 challenges, according to its public health chief

HEALTH AFFAIRS: Prof. Sharon Alroy-Preis, in an interview with the 'Post,' talks booster shots, borders and the day after COVID-19

Youth group trips are ready to return to Israel. Can they do it safely?

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: The first vaccinated foreign visitors traveling in groups are set to be allowed in starting from May 23.

Israel, Hungary in talks for vaccine certificate recognition, FM says

Hungary presents an additional challenge, since it is carrying out its vaccination drive using also the Russian vaccine, which neither the US or Europe approved.

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