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.

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
Coronavirus in Israel: 1,452 students, 112 teachers infected
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 04/05/2021 04:22 PM
There are 1,452 students and 112 teachers and staff infected with active cases of coronavirus, the Education Ministry reported on Monday.   The highest rate of infection looks to be among students in special education students, with 60 active patients out of a total 54,493.
Brazil registers 2,922 new COVID-19 deaths
  • By REUTERS
  • 04/03/2021 12:17 AM
SAO PAULO  - Brazil on Friday registered 2,922 new COVID-19 deaths, the health ministry said, as the Latin American nation grapples with the worst of the pandemic so far and the world's highest daily death tolls.   Cases rose by 70,238 to 12,910,082. Deaths now total 328,206.
Coronavirus in Israel: 402 serious cases, 1.3% of tests return positive
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 04/01/2021 01:33 PM
Israel's Health Ministry reported on Thursday that 489 people tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, out of nearly 38 thousand which were tested, resulting in a 1.3% positivity rate.   There are currently 7,334 active patients in the country, 402 of whom are classified as being in serious condition.   The ministry reported that the death toll rose by 11 on Tuesday to 6,201 since the pandemic began.    In addition, some 5.24 million Israelis have received their first dose of the vaccine, 87% of whom are above the age of 50.
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido tests positive for COVID-19
  • By REUTERS
  • 03/28/2021 08:30 AM
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus and has mild symptoms.   Guaido said on his Twitter account that he is in isolation and expressed concern about the number of infections in the country.   "I want to express my solidarity with the thousands of Venezuelans suffering during the pandemic," Guaido wrote on Twitter. "Today we all have a relative or acquaintance affected by COVID-19."   Dozens of countries have backed Guaido as interim president of Venezuela following Maduro's re-election in 2018 in a vote Western governments called a sham.   The opposition leader added that he considered the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines to Vene
India cricket legend Tendulkar contracts COVID-19 as new cases surge
  • By REUTERS
  • 03/27/2021 10:01 AM
MUMBAI  - India batting great Sachin Tendulkar said on Saturday he has contracted the novel coronavirus and has mild symptoms as infections continued to surge in the world's second-most populated country.   Tendulkar, who will turn 48 next month, retired from the professional game in 2013 after notching a still unmatched 100 international centuries in a prolific 24-year career.   He returned to the crease recently as captain of the India Legends team in a promotional event called the Road Safety World Series in Raipur, in the state of Chhattisgarh.   "I have been testing myself and taking all the recommended precautions to ensure COVID is kept at bay. However, I have tested positive today following mild sympto
Coronavirus: Iran to start making Russia's Sputnik V vaccine in April
  • By REUTERS
  • 03/26/2021 02:45 PM
 Iran expects to start domestic production of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine in April, the RIA news agency cited the Iranian ambassador to Moscow as saying on Friday.   Iran approved Sputnik V for domestic use in January, and says it has received more than 400,000 of the 2 million doses it ordered from Russia.
Coronavirus: India records highest daily death toll since January
  • By REUTERS
  • 03/22/2021 06:24 AM
 India reported 212 new COVID-19 deaths on Monday, the most since early January, while infections jumped by 46,951, the highest since early November.   Total deaths have now swelled to 159,967 and infections to 11.65 million, the highest in the world after the United States and Brazil.
Miami Beach extends curfew, emergency powers to control spring breakers
  • By REUTERS
  • 03/21/2021 11:46 PM
 The Miami Beach city commission on Sunday voted to extend an 8 p.m. curfew and emergency powers for up to three more weeks to help control unruly and mostly maskless crowds that have converged on the party destination during spring break.   Thousands of people have packed the city's Art Deco Cultural District resulting in bedlam and lawlessness in recent days when university students typically celebrate spring break.   Mayor Dan Gelber told an emergency meeting of the city commission that all manner of out-of-town and out-of-state visitors, not just college students, were filling the streets since Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Feb. 26 called the state an "oasis of freedom" from coronavirus restrictions. &quo
Coronavirus: Brazil reports 47,774 new cases, 1,290 deaths
  • By REUTERS
  • 03/21/2021 11:13 PM
 Brazil recorded 47,774 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, along with 1,290 deaths from COVID-19, the Health Ministry said on Sunday.   Brazil has registered nearly 12 million cases since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 294,042, according to ministry data.
Coronavirus: Brazil records 79,069 new cases, 2,438 deaths
  • By REUTERS
  • 03/20/2021 11:16 PM
Brazil recorded 79,069 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, along with 2,438 deaths from COVID-19, the Health Ministry said on Saturday.   Brazil has registered nearly 12 million cases since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 292,752, according to ministry data.
Pakistan PM Khan tests COVID-19 positive - health minister
  • By REUTERS
  • 03/20/2021 11:45 AM
ISLAMABAD  - Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has tested positive for COVID-19, the country's health minister said on Saturday, two days after the premier got his vaccination.   Khan is "self isolating at home," said minister Faisal Sultan in a tweet.   The South Asian nation of 220 million is seeing a sharp rise in the coronavirus infections.
AstraZeneca finds no evidence of increased blood clot risk from vaccine
  • By REUTERS
  • 03/14/2021 08:59 PM
AstraZeneca Plc on Sunday said it had conducted a review of people vaccinated with its COVID-19 vaccine which has shown no evidence of an increased risk of blood clots.   The review covered more than 17 million people vaccinated in the European Union and United Kingdom.   "A careful review of all available safety data of more than 17 million people vaccinated in the European Union and UK with COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca has shown no evidence of an increased risk of pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis or thrombocytopenia, in any defined age group, gender, batch or in any particular country," the statement said.
Coronavirus: US administered 105.7m. vaccine doses - CDC
  • By REUTERS
  • 03/14/2021 01:56 AM
 The United States has administered 105,703,501 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country and distributed 135,846,665 doses as of Saturday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.   The tally is for Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, and Johnson & Johnson's vaccines as of 6:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, the agency said.   According to the tally posted on March 12, the agency had administered 101,128,005 doses of the vaccines and distributed 133,337,525 doses.   The agency said 68,884,011 people had received at least one dose, while 36,929,777 people were fully vaccinated.   A total of 7,538,985 vaccine doses have been administered in long-term care facilities, the agency said.
Coronavirus: Brazil records 76,178 new cases, 1,997 deaths
  • By REUTERS
  • 03/14/2021 01:03 AM
 Brazil registered 76,178 new cases of coronavirus and 1,997 new COVID-19 deaths, the Health Ministry said on Saturday.   The country has recorded a total of 277,102 deaths and 11,439,558 cases.
Coronavirus: WHO advisory committee looking at AstraZeneca vaccine issues
  • By REUTERS
  • 03/12/2021 01:37 PM
A World Health Organization expert advisory committee is currently looking at AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine after some countries paused distribution of it, but there is no reason not to use it, a spokeswoman said on Friday. Health authorities in several countries including Denmark, Norway, Iceland have suspended the use of AstraZeneca's vaccine following reports of the formation of blood clots in some people who have been vaccinated. Margaret Harris told a briefing that it was an "excellent vaccine" and that no causal relationship had been established between the shot and the health problems reported, calling the pause in use "a precautionary measure." "It's very important to understand that, yes, we shoul
Mandatory COVID-19 testing extended for entry into, exit from Israel
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 03/08/2021 11:33 PM
The Ministerial Committee for Coronavirus on Monday evening approved Health Minister Yuli Edelstein's appeal to extend the mandatory COVID-19 testing required before and after visiting Israel.   In addition, all returnees from abroad must perform a check at the border station through which they enter. Health Ministry Director-General Chezy Levy will be allowed to authorize passengers on designated flights for olim to perform the test at the absorption center to which they are transferred.  
Coronavirus in education system: 12,977 active cases
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 03/08/2021 07:19 PM
Some 12,977 Israeli students and 1,181 teachers and other education workers are infected with the coronavirus, the Education Ministry said Monday.   In preschools there are 2,878 active cases out of 534,507 students. In elementary schools and high schools there are 10,099 active cases out of 1,883,677 students. In the special education system there are 381 active cases out of 54,493 students. 
EU seeks access to US-produced AstraZeneca vaccines - FT report
  • By REUTERS
  • 03/06/2021 02:24 PM
The European Union will urge the United States to permit the export of millions of doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine as it scrambles to bridge supply shortfalls, the Financial Times reported.   The 27-nation EU also wants Washington to ensure the free flow of shipments of crucial vaccine ingredients needed in European production, the FT report on Saturday said.   "We trust that we can work together with the US to ensure that vaccines produced or bottled in the US for the fulfilment of vaccine producers' contractual obligations with the EU will be fully honoured,” the FT quoted the European Commission as saying.    EU countries started inoculations at the end of December, but are moving at a far slo
Culture, Sports Ministry to expand live venue capacity, allow standing
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 03/04/2021 08:07 PM
Culture and Sports Minister Chili Tropper announced on Thursday that an agreement had been reached to expand the outline to reopen live cultural and sporting events to allow standing crowds.    According to the outline, closed halls which can contain up to 10,000 seats, will allow entry of up to 50% of the space occupancy, in similarly-sized stadiums or open-air performances, up to 75% of the space occupancy will be allowed.    In a closed hall with a capacity for more than 10,000 seats, up to 1,000 spectators will be allowed in. In stadiums and open air halls which can hold over 10,000 seats, up to 1,500 spectators will be allowed in.    The outline still need to receive government approval before it goe
Coronavirus in Israel: Those recovered must also vaccinate - Health Min.
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 03/02/2021 12:01 PM
In Israel, those who have recovered from the coronavirus more than three months prior must also get vaccinated, according to new Health Ministry guidelines. The recovered patients will receive one dose of the vaccine after an appointment has been made with their health fund. 
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