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.

COVID: Cabinet meets on new restrictions as Israel registers almost 4,000

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned that “painful steps might be necessary."

WHO team member at a hospital in Wuhan

China's Wuhan to test all 12 million residents after Delta variant found

China's Wuhan city will test all of its 12 million residents for the coronavirus, after the place where the virus emerged in late 2019 confirmed its first domestic cases of the Delta variant.


GOP probe alleges that COVID-19 came from China's Wuhan lab - report

“This was the greatest coverup of all time and has caused the deaths of more than four million people around world, and people must be held responsible.”

Coronavirus: More than 3,000 cases in a day, setting record for new wave

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that Israel is "in a competition between vaccines and epidemics, between an open country and more restrictions."


4 Israeli hospitals named among ‘World’s Best Smart Hospitals’ by Newsweek

Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv, Hadassah-University Medical Center in Jerusalem and Rabin all make the list

Lambda variant shows vaccine resistance - study

The researchers warn that with Lambda being labeled a "Variant of Interest" by the WHO, rather than a "Variant of Concern," people might not realize it is a serious ongoing threat.


COVID-19: Lindsey Graham tests positive, has flu-like symptoms

The 66-year-old Republican senator from South Carolina has tested positive despite having been vaccinated, and will be self-isolating in quarantine for 10 days.


Coronavirus: Morbidity still growing, no stabilization yet, experts say

The morbidity in Israel is continuing to grow and the indicators are not showing signs of stabilizations, two experts told The Jerusalem Post.

Combining AstraZeneca, mRNA COVID-19 vaccines 88% effective - Danish study

"The study shows that fourteen days after a combined vaccination program, the risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2 is reduced by 88% compared to unvaccinated individuals," the State Serum Institute said


Israeli scientist says COVID-19 could be treated for under $1/day

Double-blind study shows ivermectin reduces disease’s duration and infectiousness • FDA and WHO caution against its use

Coronavirus: Cabinet to meet Tuesday, may tighten green pass

Some 45,000 Israelis already jabbed with 3rd vaccine • Education Ministry ready to launch widespread serological testing for schoolchildren *Ten people died in 24 hours

Israelis take the light rail in Jerusalem amid the coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus: What do Israelis think of the country's current restrictions?

Israelis expressed confusion and mistrust of the government's coronavirus regulations.


Another round of corona hysteria - opinion

It is simply that the relevant information can be summed up concisely, and the spillage of words to which we are exposed is totally superfluous and boring.

China to donate to Gaza 500,000 COVID-19 vaccines produced in Egypt

Only some 560,195 Palestinians have been vaccinated out of a population of over 5 million.

On COVID-19, Bennett's left non-Hebrew speakers dangling in the wind

The immigrant population has suffered more than most Israelis during the coronavirus crisis because many of them are alone in the Jewish state.

COVID-19: President Herzog reiterates call for seniors to get booster

Medical experts have determined that people aged 60 and over, even if they have been previously vaccinated, are the most vulnerable element of society and should make every effort to have a 3rd shot.

Prof. Nachman Ash, Israel's next Health Ministry director-general.

Coronavirus: The morbidity is not slowing down – Health Ministry D-G

As of Sunday, there were 212 patients in serious condition in Israel, an increase of almost 60 patients in three days.

Ichilov Medical team at the coronavirus unit, in the Ichilov hospital, Tel Aviv, Israel, July 28, 20

One way Israel could protect hospitals from overload as COVID surges

Prime Minister Bennett has said that he will shift the country’s COVID policy to one that focuses not on total coronavirus cases but on whether or not the hospitals can manage their caseload.

Lessons, cautionary tales from Israel on the pandemic’s next stage

The story here shows that details on Delta’s spread among the vaccinated need to be better documented.

Health care workers take test samples of Israelis in a drive through complex to check if they have b

CDC says delta variant more vaccine-resistant than previously thought

Vaccinated people had a similar amount of virus presence as the unvaccinated, suggesting that, unlike with other variants, vaccinated people infected with the Delta variant could transmit the virus.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is seen speaking at the Knesset, on July 5, 2021.

Bennett to shift COVID policy, focus on hospital capacity - report

The number of COVID cases or seriously ill patients will no longer be the determining factor for decisions on Israel's policy regarding enforced restrictions, according to N12.

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

Only half of Israelis want a third COVID-19 vaccine shot - survey

Israeli belief in the effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine appears to be on the decline.

Thousands of Israeli seniors to get third COVID jab on Sunday

Herzog kicks off the booster campaign at Sheba Medical Center on Friday * Health Ministry to toss 80,000 doses of expired vaccines * Serious cases rise above 200

Israel Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra to perform last concert

This Sunday at 8 p.m., the orchestra will perform its last concert at the Tel Aviv Museum after shutting down due to COVID-19-induced financial straits.

 At wit's end: Esther Esquenazi with her 10-month-old son

American olim in limbo as backlog at US Emabssy continues

As coronavirus cases are spiking once again across Israel, those seeking appointments with the embassy remain in a continued state of annoyance and uncertainty.


Is COVID-19 a symptom of climate change?

ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS: Some indirect connections can be made between climate change and COVID-19, say Israeli researchers.

Democrats will turn on Fauci before 2022 - opinion

Fauci, despite being championed as paragon of virtue, doesn’t fit the eventual shift in Democratic Party policy toward China.

Should Israeli children be vaccinated against COVID in their schools?

Offering vaccination in schools is something the country has done for decades and it has played a key role in maintaining high vaccination rates

Israel's new COVID-19 rules: Everything you need to know

These Green Pass rules will stay in effect until August 8, 2021.

A promotion for the book produced by Madelaine Black and illustrator Shirley Waisman

Food insecurity in light of COVID explored in new children's book

The story of a food bank in Or Akiva is told through a children's book on the backdrop of food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic.


First in world, Israel agrees to give seniors 60+ third COVID jab

President Herzog to receive first shot * United Kingdom, Turkey, Cyprus and Georgia added to list of banned countries today * Green Pass back into effect

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Green Pass in effect: Israelis require jab certificate for indoor events

The plan states that any citizen above the age of 12 - and eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine - requires a certificate in order to enter events hosting 100 people or more in an indoor space.

Jewish Five Towns deputy mayor compares COVID vaccine to Holocaust

"We used to wonder to ourselves as kids, 'how did they let this happen?' History repeats itself," wrote Brown concerning the COVID vaccination campaign.


Israel to recognize Palestinian coronavirus vaccine certificates

The Israeli Health Ministry will also allow patients to be transferred in ambulances from the Gaza Strip to West Bank hospitals.

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COVID: Some jabbed people have 7 times less antibodies than others – study

New research by Sheba offers proof that vaccinated individuals with lower level of antibodies are more exposed to breakthrough infections, might be key to understand who should get the third shot.

Israel's two-week window to halt the 4th COVID-19 wave - analysis

The number of new daily cases has surpassed 2,000 for two days in a row and hospital heads say they are starting to feel the results.

Israelis to get pumped about COVID-19 tests at Sonol gas stations

A new partnership between AID Genomics and Sonol gas stations will enable citizens to drive into the gas station and for NIS 99 get a COVID-19 PCR test. Results to be delivered within 24 hours.

Israel's lessons for COVID's next stage - analysis

Israel’s COVID story shows that details on Delta's spread among vaccinated need to be better documented.

A schoolgirl gets a corona test at the Meuchedet Medical Center in Jerusalem on July 22.

COVID led schools the wrong way - here's how we fix it

There is a critical skills gap emerging, between the skills that industry wants and needs when hiring workers and the skills that potential employees have acquired in school.

A self-armed local looks for looters inside a supermarket following protests that widened into looti

Israel has always rescued Jews - it's time to do it for South Africa

I wonder if Israel can seize this opportunity to regain our respect and admiration once again, to fly to South Africa and to airlift our brothers and sisters home.


Health, Education ministries clash over strategies for life with COVID

For the second day in a row, Israel registered over 2,000 cases while the number of serious patients on Wednesday stood at 153.

A doctor tests a child for malaria at the Ithani-Asheri Hospital in Arusha, Tanzania

BioNTech aims to develop mRNA-based malaria vaccine

A German company, Biontech, is currently developing a vaccine for malaria based on COVID-19 vaccine technology.


Which Israeli hospitals give the best quality care?

Despite the “year of the coronavirus,” compliance with quality indices remained stable across the healthcare system.

Parents accompany their children to the kindergarten in Tel Aviv as they return to kindergarden on O

Getting our families through COVID-19's ever-changing landscape - opinion

How do we help our children make sense of all this, navigate what is reasonable to expect around the next twisting bend?


Most Israelis distrust government over COVID cabinet secrets - study

The study found that 60% of Israelis had difficulty trusting the former government because it decided that the protocols of its covid cabinet would be classified for 30 years.


Israel saw 38% increase in bankruptcy filings in 2020

It is clear that people whose salary is about NIS 6,000 to NIS 7,000 per month cannot repay loans of hundreds of thousands of shekels, the repayment of which is thousands of shekels a month.

Five arrested for months-old murder of Jaffa Sheikh

The five are suspected in the murder of Sheikh Mohammed Abu Najim, former head of the Islamic Movement in Jaffa, and the attempted murder of his nephew. The suspected motive was a family feud.

AMSA_IL Med Team - Philippine Ambassador Macairog S. Alberto (fourth from left) sends off the Israel

Israel health team assists Philippines in COVID-19 response

This is the second group of experts from Israel to travel to the area to assist in the management of the pandemic. A previous delegation spent time in the country in June.

‘Palestinians headed towards fourth wave of COVID-19’ - PA health minister

PA Health Minister Mai Alkaila called on Palestinians to get vaccinated and adhere to all preventive measures, such as wearing masks and social distancing.

Israel risks 200-400 serious COVID-19 patients within 2 weeks - Hebrew U

Vaccine efficacy is significantly lower than in March, down to about 80% against serious symptoms and 90% against mortality, compared to over 97% effective against both in prior months.

Israel to allow some 5- to 11-year-olds to get COVID-19 vaccine

So far, 41% of people under the age of 20 have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

COVID: Bennett vows decision on 3rd shot is near as cases top 2,000

On Tuesday morning the number of serious patients stood at 138, compared to 124 on the day before.

Synagogues made COVID-safe High Holiday plans. Then came Delta.

Several synagogue leaders said they would be planning multiple options for services with the understanding that some of those plans would be scrapped at the last possible moment.

A health worker draws a dose of the AstraZeneca's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, at the vac

Allergic reactions may be limited to first shot - study

Those who experienced allergic reactions during the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine may be able to tolerate the second dose, according to a new study.

Israel's government must act to save our children’s education - opinion

The following are some ideas to tackle the two biggest challenges that have been encountered: social and emotional well-being and academic learning.


COVID-19: How to urge Israel's hesitant teens to get vaccinated - opinion

The message of social responsibility can be used along with the strategy of preventive medicine.

An illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depicts the 2019 N

US CDC recommends unvaccinated tourists avoid Israel amid COVID spike

The positivity rate has continued to rise and now stands at 2.17%, the highest positivity rate since March.

Bank Hapoalim

COVID-19 gives Israel's rural tourism a golden opportunity - opinion

How to cope with the challenging coronavirus situation and even emerge from it stronger.


Israel’s Super-Pharm launching home COVID testing in coming days

Health Ministry D-G: Rapid testing system to be fully operative by August 8

Knesset Constitution Committee postpones expanding banned countries’ list

Great Britain, Cyprus, Turkey and Georgia are supposed to become red countries on Friday, but the committee did not approve the coronavirus cabinet decision.

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Couples desiring to conceive should vaccinate against COVID - here’s why

In contrast, several studies have found a significantly negative impact of the virus on sperm parameters.

Israel wrong to wait for FDA COVID-19 vaccine booster approval - Netanyahu

"We already beat the coronavirus," Netanyahu said. "We brought millions of vaccines, and we need two million more to protect seniors now. What are they waiting for?"

Women shopping in Jerusalem with face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic

Israel might soon decide to give booster to the elderly

Knesset and Constitution Committee postpone vote to place more countries under travel ban demanding the government clarifications on airport regulations, as cases, serious patients spike.

Heart transplant patient gets Pfizer booster shot at Sheba Medical Center.

Who needs a COVID booster? Israel to kick off study to find out

A combination serology-PCR study of individuals and adult family members will be used to evaluate who should receive a third shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.

A teacher instructs students in proper mask wear, as first through fourth graders return to school,

Education Ministry unveils plan for school year under COVID

Later in the day, Health Ministry’s Director General Prof. Nachman Ash said that some of the elements contained in the proposal have not been agreed upon yet.

New coronavirus variant under investigation in the UK

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control reported that there is evidence for an impact on transmissibility and on immunity.

Health care workers take test samples of Israelis in a drive through complex to check if they have b

Coronavirus in Israel: Number of serious patients nears 100

“If you don’t get vaccinated, you put yourself and your loved ones in danger, especially the elderly,” Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said.

What COVID rules could Israelis see next? Expert panel recommendations

COVID-19 National Expert Advisory Panel lays out recommendations for the 2021-2022 school year.

Coronavirus: Snow leopard at San Diego Zoo suspected of having COVID

Wildlife specialists at the San Diego Zoo noticed that a now leopard was coughing and had nasal discharge, leading them to administer a COVID-19 test.

 Elior and Leah Ben-Baruch

A match made in Jerusalem’s coronavirus ward

“Love conquers all – even the insanity of COVID-19."

Olympics organizers tried to find solutions for breastfeeding moms

While, due to COVID-19 restrictions, only Games-related foreigners were initially allowed to enter Japan, organizers have now given the opportunity to athletes to have their children in Japan.


Is Israel or the UK right when it comes to COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness?

An Israeli study claims the vaccine is 40% effective, while a British one says 88%. Both studies could be correct. Here is why:

COVID-19 litmus test will determine if Bennett keeps his seat - analysis

Bennett’s continuing to allow Israelis to live under the shadow of COVID could determine the prime minister’s staying power.

Coronavirus: How does Israel decide which countries to ban for traveling?

The number of cases per million residents, as well as the number of virus carriers among travelers who arrive to Israel are the essential criteria considered.

Jacob Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli, holding a sign referencing QAnon, speaks

COVID-19: People with learning disabilities more likely to die - study

People with learning disabilities as well as cerebral palsy and Down's syndrome were as much as five times as likely to need hospitalization due to COVID-19 and eight times more likely to die.

Coronavirus: Cabinet okays green pass, exempts children under 12

Britain, Turkey, Cyprus, and Georgia to enter the list of banned countries, but vaccinated travelers returning to Israel won’t need to isolate any more.

Health Ministry D-G: We don't need Netanyahu's help for COVID vaccines

Netanyahu called for the government to begin giving a booster shot of the vaccine, despite medical professionals advising against such action.

China rejects WHO plan for study of COVID-19 origin

The WHO this month proposed a second phase of studies into the origins of the coronavirus in China, including audits of laboratories and markets in the city of Wuhan.


Meet the rabbi who blows the shofar nightly to salute health workers

The week after receiving her first dose of the vaccine this spring, she blew the shofar at 7 as always. Now, however, she felt a new sense of hope.

A patient is comforted by a doctor in hospital.

Israeli heart attack patients sicker, died more during first COVID-19 wave

Sheba Medical Center doctor to public: "If you have a medical problem, come to the hospital."

Coronavirus: Pfizer vaccines to be manufactured in S. Africa by Biovac

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, whom the African Union has named its "Champion on COVID-19," called the agreement a breakthrough in efforts to overcome vaccine inequity.

An illustrative photo of a Jewish wedding in front of the Mediterranean Sea.

Israel’s corona Happy Badge is underway - here are the details

Fines will be given to individuals and businesses who do not comply.

Coronavirus: Our goal is a normal school year, health minister says

The cabinet will meet on Thursday to discuss new measures to counter the country’s fourth COVID-19 wave, including the green pass and the situation at the airport.

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US life expectancy fell year and a half in 2020 due to COVID-19 - CDC

In the wake of COVID-19, American life expectancy had one of the biggest one-year declines since World War Two, when life expectancy fell 2.9 years between 1942 and 1943.


French Jews resume Birthright Israel experience after long COVID hiatus

'I have been waiting for almost two years to go on my Birthright trip,' a participant from Paris said. 'I am excited to learn about this land and meet wonderful people.'

Anti-vaxxers hijacking Israel’s COVID data - here’s why they are wrong

Anti-vaxxers might be loud but their claims border on lunacy. The vaccines don’t protect as well against the Delta variant, but they are certainly playing a key role in keeping Israelis safe.

Israeli lab: Some existing drugs could stop COVID at almost 100%

A Hebrew University of Jerusalem research team found 18 drugs that they felt could be effective in the treatment of patients who contract COVID-19.

Vials with Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine labels are seen in thi

COVID: I was one of the first people to get the booster shot

By Monday morning, the Health Ministry had expanded the criteria to include a long list of conditions, but I was still asked by the nurse, “Are you sure you want it?"


Tokyo 2020 chief Muto does not rule out 11th-hour cancellation of Games

Toshiro Muto said he would keep an eye on infection numbers and hold discussions with organizers if necessary.


Australia man ties bedsheets together to escape 4th floor hotel quarantine

A man in Perth, Australia has been arrested after escaping a quarantine hotel by climbing out of his fourth-floor window using a rope made of bedsheets.

Fire near Abu Gosh, Neve Ilan, June 9, 2021

Where's there's smoke, there's COVID, new study finds

Past studies from around the world have found associations between elevated levels of air pollution and increased infectivity and severity of COVID-19.


COVID cabinet to meet on green pass as Israel registers fourth wave peak

Some 1,377 cases were identified on Tuesday, but the number of serious patients slightly declined.

Health expert: Olympic village COVID-19 infection bubble already 'broken'

Insufficient testing at the border and the impossibility of controlling people's movements mean that the Games could exacerbate the spread of the infectious Delta variant of the virus.

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