Coronavirus Live Updates

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-19 in Israel: 1,130 new cases, 1.2% positivity rate
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 10/20/2021 10:03 AM
A total of 1,130 Israelis tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday out of 88,051 tests given. The number of serious cases currently stands at 352, with 156 on respirators and a death toll standing at 8,023. A total of 3,866,248 Israelis received the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 5,705,084 having gotten the second dose and 6,210,282 having gotten the first dose. 
COVID-19 in Israel: 1,483 new cases, 360 in serious condition
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 10/19/2021 11:14 AM
A total of 1,483 new COVID-19 cases in Israel were found Monday out of 104,696 different tests taken as the country's death toll now stands at 8,010. As of now, 360 patients are in serious condition, 161 of whom are on respirators. A total of 3,856,772 Israelis have received the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 5,703,661 have received two doses and 6,207,918 received one.
COVID-19 in Israel: 1,199 new cases found, 1.4% positivity rate
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 10/18/2021 09:57 AM
A total of 1,199 Israelis tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday out of 83,122 tests taken. A total of 372 patients are currently in serious condition, with 162 on respirators as the death toll stands at 7,999. A total of 3,845,992 Israelis received the third dose of the vaccine, with 5,700,999 having received the second dose and 6,204,916 having received the first.
AstraZeneca, Sputnik Light COVID-19 vaccine mix shows antibody growth - study
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/27/2021 11:20 AM
A small-scale clinical study of the combined use of the AstraZeneca and Sputnik Light vaccines against COVID-19 has shown strong antibody growth in a majority of the study's participants, the Russian Direct Investment Fund said on Monday. The data was collected from 20 people who took part in a 100-person study in Azerbaijan that began in February. They first received the AstraZeneca shot followed by the one-dose Russian-made Sputnik Light shot 29 days later, RDIF said. "According to the results of the interim analysis, a fourfold or higher increase in neutralizing antibodies to the spike protein (S-protein) of the SARS-CoV-2 was found in 85% of the volunteers on the 57th day of the study," RDIF said.
COVID in Israel: 2,621 new cases, 3.95% of tests positive
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 09/27/2021 01:14 PM
There were 2,621 new coronavirus cases in Israel on Saturday, the Health Ministry announced Sunday evening. The Health Ministry also announced they conducted 66,900 tests - around 3.95% of tests returned a positive result. Some 689 of current patients are in serious condition, with 225 intubated. The death toll is 7,675. 
COVID-19 in Israel: 9,539 new cases, 650 in serious condition
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 09/15/2021 10:46 AM
A total of 9,539 new COVID-19 cases were diagnosed Tuesday following 165,585 tests, with a total of 650 patients in serious condition and 172 on respirators. Currently, 2,966,594 Israelis have received three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 5,563,259 having had the second dose and 6,054,298 having had just the first dose. The death toll stands at 7,444.
COVID-19: Over 10,000 Israelis test positive, 689 in serious condition
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 09/01/2021 08:33 PM
A total of 10,313 Israelis tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, out of 155,181 tests administered.  The number of serious patients stands at 689, with 145 on ventilators. The number of Israelis who received their third COVID-19 vaccine dose is 2,301,792, with 5,490,297 having had two doses and 5,989,999 having received just one. The death toll stands at 7,082.
COVID-19: Israel's HMOs to get NIS 240m. budget increase to fight virus
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 09/01/2021 05:22 PM
Israel's health funds will receive a NIS 60 million per month budget increase for four months in order to help fight the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Health and Finance ministries announced Wednesday, Walla reported. The health funds will receive a total of NIS 240m. to aid in the fight against COVID-19. This is a developing story.
COVID-19: Portugal bars Israelis from entry, adopting EU recommendation
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 09/01/2021 05:19 PM
Portugal has officially banned Israelis, even those who have been vaccinated from entering its borders following the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, Israeli media reported. This makes Portugal the first country to adopt the European Union's recommendation regarding Israel made on Tuesday, which saw the Jewish state removed from green countries. As of now, only Israelis with urgent needs and special permission can enter the country, such as students, families and for medical and humanitarian purposes. This is a developing story.
COVID-19: IDF begins giving soldiers third vaccine dose
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 08/31/2021 07:57 PM
The IDF began giving soldiers the third dose, or booster shot, of the COVID-19 vaccine, even those aged 18-30, as part of the continuation of its vaccination rollout to ensure operational readiness and competence. The IDF established 72 immunization complexes and 10 additional facilities. Combat soldiers and soldiers in training will be given their vaccination dates from their commanders. Officers can make appointments for their vaccinations.
Coronavirus in Israel: 5,946 new cases, 421 serious cases
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 08/12/2021 10:13 AM
Some 5,946 new cases of the novel coronavirus were reported in Israel on Wednesday, with 421 patients in serious condition, according to a Thursday morning update by the Health Ministry.   Some 4.62% of tests returned positive.   Of those infected, 65 were on ventilators. The death toll stood at 6,593.   Some 716,518 Israelis had received the third dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of Thursday morning.
Coronavirus in Israel: 5,755 new cases, 400 serious cases
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 08/11/2021 09:44 AM
Some 5,755 new cases of the novel coronavirus were reported in Israel on Tuesday, with 4.59% of tests returning positive, according to a Wednesday morning update by the Health Ministry.   The Health Ministry clarified that a large number of tests were conducted on Tuesday, so final numbers would only be available on Wednesday evening.   Of those infected, 400 were in serious condition and 62 were on ventilators. The death toll stood at 6,580.
Coronavirus in Israel: COVID-19 outbreaks detected at 118 nursing homes
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 08/08/2021 07:19 PM
Israel's nursing homes saw sharp rises in coronavirus infections over the past weekend with new outbreaks detected at 19 facilities, taking the total number of nursing home COVID-19 outbreaks up to 118, N12 reported on Sunday.   On Friday and Saturday, 114 coronavirus patients were reportedly diagnosed in nursing homes across Israel, 62 residents and 52 staff members.    The rate of positive tests among nursing home residents has been on the rise in recent weeks, and last week reached a peak with 0.7% positive residents, compared to only 0.1% in the weeks prior.
Disgraced hassidic leader Eliezer Berland hospitalized with COVID-19
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 08/08/2021 04:44 PM
Rabbi Eliezer Berland, the disgraced leader of the Shuvu Banim sect of the Breslov hassidic community, was hospitalized due to COVID-19 on Sunday in the Hadassah-University Medical Center, in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem.    He is currently intubated and in serious condition.   Two months ago, Berland was convicted on charges of fraud, exploitation, attempted intimidation, tax offenses and money laundering. He is awaiting to serve an 18-month sentence, which is set to begin in October.   Berland was previously convicted of indecent assault against two women in 2016, and assault against the husband of one of the women he abused who he had beaten up for reporting the issue to the press.  
Coronavirus in Israel: 3,849 new cases, severe cases spike to 324
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 08/07/2021 11:20 PM
Some 3,849 new cases of the novel coronavirus were reported in Israel on Friday, with the number of patients in severe condition spiking to 324 on Saturday, the Health Ministry announced on Saturday night. On Friday, only 253 patients were in serious condition.   Of the patients hospitalized, 49 were on ventilators. The death toll rose to 6,535 on Saturday night. Some 3.79% of the tests conducted on Friday returned positive.   As of Saturday night, 420,109 Israelis had received the third dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
Coronavirus in Israel: 3,421 new cases, 3.28% of tests return positive
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 08/05/2021 11:47 AM
Some 3,421 new cases of the novel coronavirus were reported in Israel on Wednesday, with 3.28% of tests returning positive, according to a Thursday morning update by the Health Ministry.   Of those infected, 241 were in serious condition and 51 were on ventilators. The death toll rose to 6,503.   As of Thursday morning, 262,563 Israelis had received a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
Bennett: 'Many were vaccinated with third dose, but still not enough'
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 08/03/2021 12:49 AM
"About 55,000 people were vaccinated today with the third dose - almost twice as much as yesterday, but it is still not enough," Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Monday night, according to Hebrew media.    He went on to say that Israel is "in a competition between vaccines and epidemics, between an open country and more restrictions."
COVID-19: US CDC issues travel warnings for Greece, Ireland, Iran, others
  • By REUTERS
  • 08/02/2021 11:21 PM
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned on Monday against travel to Greece, Ireland, Iran, the US Virgin Islands and other destinations because of a rising number of COVID-19 cases in those places.   Other locations being raised to the CDC's "Level 4: Avoid Travel" include Libya, Kazakhstan, Andorra, Saint Barthelemy, Lesotho, Martinique, Malta, Isle of Man and Curacao, the CDC said. 
Lindsey Graham says he has tested positive for COVID-19
  • By REUTERS
  • 08/02/2021 11:11 PM
WASHINGTON  - Republican US Senator Lindsey Graham announced on Monday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 despite being vaccinated, has flu-like symptoms and will be self-quarantining for 10 days. 
Coronavirus in Israel: 2,080 cases diagnosed Saturday, 3.7% positivity rate
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 08/01/2021 10:29 AM
  Israel's Health Ministry on Sunday released data showing that 2,080 new cases were diagnosed on Saturday out of over 66 thousand tests, leading to a 3.7% positivity rate.   As of press time, there are 18,775 active cases in Israel, with 212 patients in serious condition, 37 of whom are intubated.   The death toll for COVID-19 in Israel since the pandemic began currently stands at 6,474.   So far, 5,782,614 Israelis have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine and 5,374,769 have received their second dose.
Health Ministry D-G: Positivity rate passes 3%, no slowdown in morbidity
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 08/01/2021 08:26 AM
Health Ministry Director-General Prof. Nachman Ash, spoke in an interview with Kan Bet Radio on Monday regarding the latest morbidity data from the weekend, and updated that "2,080 new verified patients were diagnosed" on Saturday.   "The rate of positive tests has passed the 3% mark and we are not seeing a slowdown in morbidity," Prof. Ash said.    Prof. Ash stressed that the ministry is "monitoring the data. I can say and reassure that the number of respirators has not increased much, but it certainly worries us."   "It may be that the third vaccine will last for longer," he explained, adding that "I really hope we don't have to get vaccinated every six months, and we may have to get vaccinated every year - like
How is Tokyo's intensifying COVID situation affecting the Games?
  • By REUTERS
  • 07/31/2021 12:47 PM
Newly reported COVID-19 cases in Olympic host city Tokyo surged to a record high of 4,058 on Saturday, the metropolitan government said, exceeding 4,000 for the first time and overshadowing the Games. The new record comes a day after Japan decided to extend states of emergency to three prefectures near Olympic host Tokyo and the western prefecture of Osaka its state of emergency for Tokyo to the end of August and expand it to three prefectures near Tokyo and the western prefecture of Osaka in light of the recent spike in infections. Amid intensifying concerns, Tokyo Olympics organisers said on Saturday they had revoked accreditation of a Games-related person or people for leaving the athletes' village for sightseeing, a violation
COVID: Spain, Kyrgyzstan added to list of prohibited countries for travel
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 07/26/2021 06:01 PM
Due to rising rates of coronavirus in Spain and Kyrgyzstan, they have been added to the list of countries that Israelis are now no longer allowed to visit until further notice, the Knesset's Constitutional Committee approved on Monday.    In doing so, the two join a list that already includes the countries of Uzbekistan, Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, South Africa, India, Mexico, and Russia.    In addition, the committee agreed not to approve adding to the list the following countries: Georgia, Turkey, Cyprus and the United Kingdom.
Coronavirus Commissioner: 'Now is not the time to fly'
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 07/19/2021 03:30 AM
"Now is not the time to fly," coronavirus commissioner Prof. Nachman Ash told reporters on Sunday. He emphasized that only essential trips should be made to help curb the spread of coronavirus.   Prof. Ash also said that in the coming days, the ministry would recommend that the "happy badge" being issued for large gatherings and weddings be expanded to a full 'green passport', which would be relevant for any indoor gathering    
White House COVID-19 head: Delta variant spread poses risk to the young
  • By REUTERS
  • 07/08/2021 06:13 PM
The spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19 poses particular risk to young people, according to White House coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients. He added that the Biden administration is working to allow COVID-19 vaccines to be available at doctors' offices. This is a developing story.
Coronavirus in Israel: 501 new cases, highest since March
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 07/06/2021 09:54 AM
Some 501 new cases of the novel coronavirus were reported in Israel on Monday, the highest number of cases in a day in recent months, according to a Tuesday morning update by the Health Ministry.   Of those infected, 33 were in serious condition, with 16 patients on ventilators. Over half of the patients hospitalized as of Tuesday morning were vaccinated. The death toll stood at 6,429.
Sheba Medical Center Director-General tests positive for COVID-19
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 07/05/2021 10:27 AM
Sheba Medical Center Director-General Dr. Yitshak Kreiss tested positive for coronavirus on Monday, Israeli media reported.   Friends, family and employees who interacted with Dr. Kreiss have been tested and all have so far come back negative.
Coronavirus in Israel: 343 new cases on Sunday, 35 in serious condition
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 07/05/2021 11:15 AM
Some 343 new coronavirus cases were diagnosed in Israel on Sunday, out of more than 49 thousand who were tested, the Health Ministry reported on Monday.   The ministry added that 35 patients are currently classified as being in serious condition, 16 of whom are intubated. So far, the country's death toll from the virus stands at 6,428. Notably, 51% of yesterday's new cases were among people who had already been vaccinated, according to Ha'aretz. There are 2,957 active cases in Israel, up from 1,228 a week ago.    Some 5,645,604 Israelis have so far received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, while 5,177,756 have received their second dose.  
Luxembourg's prime minister hospitalized after positive COVID-19 test
  • By REUTERS
  • 07/05/2021 09:27 AM
Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel was admitted to hospital on Sunday following a positive COVID-19 test at the end of June, according to local media reports.   He was undergoing additional tests and would remain under observation for 24 hours as a precaution, broadcaster RTL reported, citing Luxembourg's ministry of state.   Bettel took part in a two-day EU summit in Brussels at the end of June, where participants included French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and other European leaders.   Luxembourg's state ministry could not immediately be reached for comment on Monday.
Coronavirus in Israel: 145 new cases, 0.4% of tests return positive
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 06/28/2021 02:34 PM
Some 145 new cases of the novel coronavirus were reported in Israel on Sunday, with 0.4% of tests returning positive, according to a Monday morning update by the Health Ministry.   Of those infected, 22 were in serious condition and 16 were on ventilators. The death toll stood at 6,429.
Ugandan Olympic team member arriving in Tokyo had Delta COVID-19 variant
  • By REUTERS
  • 06/25/2021 06:38 AM
TOKYO - A member of the Ugandan Olympics team who tested positive for the coronavirus upon arrival in Japan had the Delta variant, Kyodo News said on Friday, adding to concerns that the Games may result in a new wave of infections. 
Ashkelon residents asked to get tested after coronavirus found in sewage
  • By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN
  • 06/24/2021 08:41 PM
Residents of Ashkelon were asked to get tested for coronavirus if they were experiencing any symptoms after the Health Ministry said it found traces of the Delta variant in the city’s wastewater.   The Health Ministry’s national lab for environmental virology has been surveying the city’s sewage as part of an early-detection project. The ministry said the traces of the virus in the sewage “raises concerns that city residents have been infected with the virus.”
COVID-19: Non-vaccinated, immune Russians could face discrimination
  • By REUTERS
  • 06/22/2021 12:48 PM
The Kremlin said on Tuesday that people who were not vaccinated against COVID-19 or did not have immunity would be unable to work in all workplaces in Russia and that those people could be discriminated against.   "The reality is such that discrimination will inevitably set in. People without vaccination or immunity will not be able to work everywhere. It is not possible. It will pose a threat to those around them," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.   President Vladimir Putin warned on Monday that the coronavirus situation in some Russian regions was getting worse as authorities began promoting the idea of regular revaccinations to try to halt a surge in new cases.   Russia reported 546 coronavir
Large fines will be issued against travelers to forbidden countries
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 06/21/2021 04:47 PM
Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz announced on Monday afternoon that within a few days "very high fines" will be given at Ben-Gurion airport to those who fly to forbidden countries, Israeli media reported.   "We will put into place strict measures to monitor Ben-Gurion Airport to manage outbreak morbidity and to maintain public health," Horowitz said.   He blamed the situation at the airport on his predecessor in office. saying "It became clear that the ban on flying to these countries, set by the previous government, did not include effective enforcement mechanisms."
Ben-Gurion let 2,832 people into Israel without COVID-19 tests on Friday
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 06/20/2021 05:04 PM
Some 2,832 people, about half of the passengers which entered Israel last Friday, did not undergo their required the coronavirus tests after heavy congestion led to the collapse of the coronavirus testing systems at Ben Gurion Airport, Walla News reported on Sunday. The report claims that due to the inability to perform tests on the masses of people and the increased urgency towards the beginning of Shabbat, it was decided to exempt from examination vaccinated passengers who returned from countries low coronavirus morbidity levels. According to estimates, the details of the exempt passengers were not written down, and they were not summoned for an inspection even after the end of Shabbat.
Coronavirus: Brazil records over half a million deaths
  • By REUTERS
  • 06/20/2021 12:32 AM
Brazil's death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 500,000 on Saturday as experts warn that the world's second-deadliest outbreak may worsen due to delayed vaccinations and the government's refusal to back social distancing measures.   Only 11% of Brazilians have been fully vaccinated and epidemiologists warn that, with winter arriving in the southern hemisphere and new variants of the coronavirus circulating, deaths will continue to mount even if immunizations gain steam.   Brazil has registered 500,800 deaths from 17,883,750 confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to Health Ministry data on Saturday, the worst official death toll outside the United States. Over the past week, Brazil has averaged 2,000 deaths per day.   COVID-19
Gantz appeals to remove gag order from coronavirus protocols
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 06/16/2021 07:51 PM
Defense Minister Benny Gantz appealed to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Wednesday to remove the 30-year gag-order which was placed on transcripts from the coronavirus cabinet's meetings last year.    In a letter, Gantz wrote to Bennett that "throughout the fight against the spread of the coronavirus, public confidence in government decisions eroded. At that time, partial publications from the discussions, which were based on biased leaks, were exposed to the public.   "It's time the protocols be exposed, so that the entire public can be aware of the actions of the cabinet and its ministers."
Coronavirus in Israel: 39 new cases, 0.2% of tests return positive
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 06/16/2021 10:16 AM
Some 39 new cases of the novel coronavirus were reported in Israel on Tuesday, with 0.2% of tests returning positive, according to a Wednesday morning update by the Health Ministry.   Of those infected, 25 were in serious condition and 18 were on ventilators. The death toll stood at 6,428.
AstraZeneca antibody cocktail fails to prevent COVID-19 in large trial
  • By REUTERS
  • 06/15/2021 08:53 PM
AstraZeneca said on Tuesday a late-stage trial failed to provide evidence that its COVID-19 antibody therapy protected people who had contact with an infected person from the disease, a small setback in its efforts to find alternatives to vaccines.   The study assessed whether the therapy, a cocktail of two types of antibodies, could prevent adults who had been exposed to the virus in the past eight days from developing COVID-19 symptoms.   The therapy, AZD7442, was 33% effective in reducing the risk of people developing symptoms compared with a placebo, but that result was not statistically significant — meaning it might have been due to chance and not the therapy.   The Phase III study, which has not been peer r
Coronavirus in Israel: 6 new cases, 0.03% of tests return positive
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 06/10/2021 11:36 AM
Some six new cases of the novel coronavirus were reported in Israel on Wednesday, with 0.03% of tests returning positive, according to a Thursday morning update by the Health Ministry.   Of those infected, 33 were in serious condition and 19 were on ventilators. The death toll stood at 6,428.
New Hope MK Yifat Shasha-Biton reinstated to lead coronavirus committee
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 05/24/2021 08:30 PM
The Knesset Arrangements Committee announced on Monday that they would be re-establishing a temporary coronavirus committee, which will be headed by New Hope MK Yifat Shasha-Biton, who headed the coronavirus committee throughout most of the pandemic.
Coronavirus: Brazil records 76,490 new cases, 1,899 deaths
  • By REUTERS
  • 05/23/2021 01:17 AM
Brazil on Saturday registered 1,899 new deaths due to COVID-19, the Health Ministry said, bringing the total death toll in the country to 448,208.   Confirmed cases rose by 76,490 and now total 16,047,439, the ministry said.
California to lift most COVID-19 limits, freeing up businesses
  • By REUTERS
  • 05/22/2021 06:46 AM
LOS ANGELES  - California will lift most remaining crowd-capacity limits and physical distancing requirements related to COVID-19 on June 15, proceeding to fully reopen its economy as the pandemic abates and vaccination rates rise, health officials said on Friday.   The new policy will end California's complicated, color-coded system of tiered restrictions, imposed on a county-by-county basis last August.   California, the most populous US state with some 40 million people, was the first to impose statewide stay-at-home orders and mandatory business closures in March 2020 as the pandemic began to take hold.   Tough constraints were renewed when California became a leading US coronavirus hotspot during a surge in ca
'Bolsonaro never wanted COVID-19 vaccines, preferred herd immunity'
  • By REUTERS
  • 05/22/2021 03:40 AM
BRASILIA  - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro never wanted to buy COVID-19 vaccines and originally bet on herd immunity beating the coronavirus, the senator leading the upper house's inquiry into the government's handling of the crisis said on Friday.   In an interview, Senator Renan Calheiros said it is too early to say if Bolsonaro had committed any criminal offense in his management of the public health crisis, and that more investigation is required.   "I think everything points in that direction," Calheiros said, regarding Bolsonaro's preference for herd immunity.   "The president first denied the disease, called it a flu, and then argued against social isolation and lockdown. Then he played do
COVID-19 deaths in Latin America surpass 1 million - Reuters tally
  • By REUTERS
  • 05/21/2021 11:53 PM
RIO DE JANEIRO  - COVID-19 has killed 1 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to a Reuters tally, with the pandemic worsening in the part of the world with the highest per capita death rate.   Most of the deaths - more than 446,000 - have occurred in Brazil, which has the second deadliest outbreak outside the United States. Brazil remains the third most affected country in the world in cases, behind only India the United States.
Brazil registers 76,855 new cases of coronavirus, total nudges 16 million
  • By REUTERS
  • 05/21/2021 11:47 PM
BRASILIA  - Brazil recorded 76,855 additional confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, along with 2,215 new deaths from COVID-19, Health Ministry figures showed on Friday.   Brazil has now registered almost 16 million cases since the pandemic began, and the official death toll stands at 446,309, according to ministry data.
Coronavirus: At least 6-8 million people may have died - WHO
  • By REUTERS
  • 05/21/2021 12:00 PM
Official tolls showing the number of deaths directly or indirectly attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to be a "significant undercount," the World Health Organization said on Friday, saying 6-8 million people may have died so far.   Presenting its annual World Health Statistics report, the WHO estimated that total deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 were at least 3 million last year or 1.2 million more than officially reported.   "We are likely facing a significant undercount of total deaths directly and indirectly attributed to COVID-19," it said.   The UN agency officially estimates that around 3.4 million people have died directly as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic by May 2021.
Coronavirus in Israel: 27 new cases, 0.1% of tests return positive
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 05/13/2021 10:08 AM
Some 27 new cases of the novel coronavirus were reported in Israel on Wednesday, with 0.1% of tests returning positive, according to a Thursday morning update by the Health Ministry.   Of those infected, 70 were in serious condition and 43 were on ventilators. The death toll stood at 6,379.
Coronavirus in Israel: 53 new cases, 0.1% of tests return positive
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 05/11/2021 09:56 AM
Some 53 new cases of the novel coronavirus were reported in Israel on Monday, with 0.1% of tests returning positive, according to a Tuesday morning update by the Health Ministry.   Of those infected, 77 were in serious condition and 45 were on ventilators. The death toll stood at 6,378.
Pope Francis backs waivers on intellectual property rights for vaccines
  • By REUTERS
  • 05/08/2021 12:41 PM
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis on Saturday supported waiving intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines, backing a proposal by US President Joe Biden that has been rebuffed by some European nations, including Germany.
US supports intellectual property waiver for COVID vaccines — USTR
  • By REUTERS
  • 05/05/2021 10:19 PM
The United States supports waiving intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines, US Trade Representative Katherine Tai said on Wednesday.
First time in a month: All educational facilities in Israel are open
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 05/05/2021 05:24 PM
The Health Ministry reported on Wednesday that for the first time in about a month, no educational facilities in Israel were closed due to coronavirus-related restrictions. The Ministry also reported that the drop in the number of infected students has continued, with only 348 confirmed cases. Another example of the drop in cases was the number of sick kindergarten teachers, which has dropped to one.
Coronavirus in Israel: 72 new cases, 0.2% of tests return positive
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 05/05/2021 09:56 AM
Some 72 new cases of the novel coronavirus were reported in Israel on Tuesday, with 0.2% of tests returning positive, according to a Wednesday morning update by the Health Ministry.   Of those infected, 90 were in serious condition and 55 were on ventilators. The death toll stood at 6,369.
BioNTech CEO: Vaccine more effective against UK variant than Wuhan strain
  • By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF,REUTERS
  • 04/28/2021 04:09 PM
The CEO of BioNTech and one of the main scientists responsible for the coronavirus vaccine, which has been distributed widely in Israel, Ugur Sahin, told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday that the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine has been shown to be effective against over 30 variants, including the more infectious UK and South African variants.   "We have now received real-world data from Israel, for example, on the British variant," Sahin said. "The British variant is now the variant that has spread the most world-wide. We have 97 percent effectiveness, which is even higher than against the original Wuhan variant."   "We have studied over 30 variants so far. We do this in the laboratory and see
Premature infant hospitalized with COVID19, mother refused vaccine
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 04/27/2021 09:28 PM
  A 7-week-old infant, who was born prematurely, caught coronavirus and is currently hospitalized in serious condition at the ICU in Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba, Channel 13 News reported.    Doctors suspect that the baby girl became infected with COIVD-19 through her mother, who refused to receive the vaccine.   Doctors reported that there has been a slight improvement in her condition, though the infant will remain at the ICU due to her very young age and low weight. She is currently receiving respiratory support.
Coronavirus in Israel: 94 new cases, 0.2% of tests return positive
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 04/27/2021 09:55 AM
Some 94 new cases of the novel coronavirus were reported in Israel on Monday, with 0.2% of tests returning positive, according to a Tuesday morning update by the Health Ministry.   Of those infected, 140 were in serious condition and 76 were on ventilators. The death toll stood at 6,354.
Coronavirus in Gaza: Reports of multiple deaths over last day
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 04/24/2021 01:47 PM
Seven people have passed away from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours in Gaza, the Gaza Health Ministry reported on Saturday.  To date there have been over 289,00 reported coronavirus cases in Gaza and the West Bank and  over 3,100 people have died since the start of the pandemic.
Brazil records 2,914 new COVID-19 deaths
  • By REUTERS
  • 04/24/2021 12:44 AM
RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil recorded 2,914 new COVID-19 deaths, and 69,105 new cases of coronavirus, the Health Ministry said on Friday.   More than 386,000 people have died from the virus in Brazil, with 14.24 million confirmed cases of infection, Health Ministry data show.
Younger Brazilians increasingly hit by COVID-19, study finds
  • By REUTERS
  • 04/24/2021 12:29 AM
BRASILIA - Younger Brazilians are increasingly being affected by COVID-19, with those in their 20s showing the greatest increase in deaths so far this year, according to a report published by government biomedical institute Fiocruz on Friday.   It found that the number of COVID-19 deaths among people between the ages of 20 and 29 jumped more than 1,000% between the start of this year - before Brazil's vaccination campaign began - and the first half of April.   Deaths among those 30 to 39 rose 819%, while fatalities among the 40 to 49-year-old group jumped 933%, the study found.   Brazil has been badly hit by the pandemic this year, with a slow vaccine rollout, patchy nationwide restrictions and a highly contagious new v
US CDC panel recommends lifting pause on J&J's COVID-19 vaccine
  • By REUTERS
  • 04/24/2021 12:02 AM
Use of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine should be resumed in the United States as specified under its emergency use authorization by the US Food and Drug Administration, advisers to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended on Friday
Lawmakers urge Biden to back patent waiver to speed vaccine access
  • By REUTERS
  • 04/23/2021 11:26 PM
WASHINGTON - US lawmakers and nonprofit groups on Friday heaped pressure on the Biden administration to back a temporary patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines to help poor countries contain the pandemic.   The groups delivered a petition signed by two million people, adding to separate letters already sent to US President Joe Biden by a group of senators, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, nearly 100 members of the House and 60 former heads of state and 100 Nobel Prize winners.   Senator Bernie Sanders said it was also in the United States' own interest to ensure as many people were vaccinated as quickly as possible, to limit the chance of virus mutations that could prompt further US lockdowns. But he also appealed t
Israel signs deal to buy millions of COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna - N12
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 04/20/2021 12:22 AM
Only a few hours after a deal to purchase millions of doses of coronavirus vaccines from Pfizer was announced, N12 reported on Monday that another deal had been signed by Israel's Health Ministry with Moderna to provide "millions" of additional coronavirus vaccines to Israel as well.
France's COVID-19 death toll breaches the 100,000 casualty mark
  • By REUTERS
  • 04/15/2021 07:16 PM
PARIS  - France's COVID-19 death toll rose on Thursday to reach more than 100,000 casualties, according to the latest hospital figures from the health ministry, marking a bleak milestone for President Emmanuel Macron's government.   Data from the health ministry's GEODES website said French hospitals registered another 300 COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, which - when added to the April 14 overall death figure - pushed the overall tally to more than 100,000 deaths.   France has the world's eighth-highest COVID death toll.   The United States is the worst-hit country in terms of deaths, with more than 564,000 casualties, followed by Brazil, Mexico and India.
Africa CDC says cannot predict when second COVID-19 shots will arrive
  • By REUTERS
  • 04/15/2021 04:13 PM
NAIROBI - Many Africans who have received their first COVID-19 vaccine do not know when they will get a second shot because deliveries are delayed, the continent's top public health official said on Thursday.   “We cannot predict when the second doses will come and that is not good for our vaccination program,” John Nkengasong, the head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), told reporters on Thursday.   Africa lags behind most other regions in COVID-19 vaccinations, with just less than 14 million doses having been administered on the continent of 1.3 billion, according to the Africa CDC.   Ghana, for example, has administered around 742,000 doses of the 815,000 shots it has s
US administers 194.8m. doses of COVID-19 vaccines - CDC
  • By REUTERS
  • 04/14/2021 09:19 PM
 The United States had administered 194,791,836 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Wednesday morning and distributed 250,998,265 doses, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday.   The tally is for Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, and Johnson & Johnson's vaccines as of 6:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, the agency said.   On Tuesday, US federal health agencies recommended pausing the use of J&J COVID-19 vaccine for a few days after six women under age 50 developed rare blood clots after receiving the shot.   According to the tally posted on April 13, the agency had administered 192,282,781 doses of the vaccines, and distributed 245,364,805 doses.   The agency said 123,917,385
Coronavirus: US administered 183.5 million vaccine doses - CDC
  • By REUTERS
  • 04/11/2021 04:50 AM
 The United States had administered 183,467,709 doses of COVID-19 vaccines and distributed 237,791,735 doses as of Saturday morning, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.   Those figures are up from the 178,837,781 doses the CDC said had been administered by April 9, out of 233,591,955 doses delivered.   The agency said 117,142,879 people had received at least one dose, while 70,692,645 people had been fully vaccinated as of Saturday.   The CDC tally includes the two-dose Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines as well as Johnson & Johnson's one-shot vaccine as of 6 a.m. EDT on Saturday.   A total of 7,764,006 vaccine doses have been administered in US long-term care facilities, the agency
Coronavirus: Brazil records 2,616 new deaths, over 71,000 cases
  • By REUTERS
  • 04/11/2021 01:24 AM
 Brazil on Saturday recorded 2,616 new COVID-19 deaths and 71,832 new coronavirus cases, the Health Ministry said.   Brazil, which has become the latest epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, with the second-highest death toll after the United States, has recorded 13.45 million cases and more than 350,000 deaths, official data show.
Brazil registers 3,693 COVID-19 deaths on Friday
  • By REUTERS
  • 04/10/2021 12:53 AM
RIO DE JANEIRO  - Brazil registered 3,693 COVID-19 deaths on Friday and 93,317 additional cases, according to data released by the Health Ministry.   The South American country has now registered 348,718 total coronavirus deaths and 13,373,174 total confirmed cases.
US administers 178.8 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccines - CDC
  • By REUTERS
  • 04/10/2021 12:25 AM
The United States had administered 178,837,781 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Friday morning and distributed 233,591,955 doses, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.   Those figures are up from the 174,879,716 vaccine doses the CDC said had gone into arms by April 8 out of 229,398,685 doses delivered.   The agency said 114,436,039 people had received at least one dose, while 68,202,458 people had been fully vaccinated as of Friday.   The CDC tally includes two-dose vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech , as well as Johnson & Johnson's one-shot vaccine as of 6:00 a.m. ET on Friday.   A total of 7,759,386 vaccine doses have been administered in long-term care facilities,
Coronavirus in Israel: 209 new cases, 0.5% tests positive
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 04/09/2021 09:58 AM
There were 209 new coronavirus cases in Israel in the past day the Health Ministry announced Friday morning. The Health Ministry also announced they conducted 42,982 tests - around 0.5% of tests returned a positive result. Some 276 of current patients are in serious condition, with 155 intubated. The death toll is 6,280.
As COVID cases drop, IDF can again accompany memorials for fallen soldiers
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 04/08/2021 06:35 PM
Due to a continued decline in coronavirus cases in Israel, the IDF announced after a situation assessment on Thursday that soldiers would again be sent to accompany the memorial services of fallen soldiers next week for Israel's Remembrance Day, after high infection rates and distancing regulations prevented them from doing so last year.   In addition, in the week leading up to Remembrance Day IDF soldiers and commanders will greet visitors to Israel's military graveyards and place candles, flowers and Israeli flags on the graves of fallen soldiers along with schoolchildren.
Coronavirus in Israel: Easing of restrictions in schools to be approved
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 04/08/2021 12:08 PM
 Health Minister Yuli Edelstein is expected to bring forth for approval in the coronavirus cabinet meeting on Thursday an updated outline for education systems. Included in the plan is the elimination of capsules for fourth grade, similar to the already implemented easing of restrictions for grades one through three. After ten days, should morbidity rates remain stable and not rise, capsules will also be eliminated in fifth through sixth grades.    Meanwhile for seventh through tenth grades, students will cycle between four capsules, instead of two, allowing them to attend more classes.    In addition, the temperature taking requirement will be abolished in all educational systems.    "Educat
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