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.

How do I know if I have coronavirus?

“We usually swab from a spot inside the nose or mouth and look for the virus there."

01/04/2020
Baby crying [Illustrative]
Coronavirus leaves one-month-old baby stranded

Gay couple says Israel won’t let it come home with surrogate child.

By AARON ENGELBERG
01/04/2020
Israelis to celebrate Shabbat from their balconies this weekend

While Israelis will be confined to their homes this weekend, it won't stop thousands from sharing a prayer together in solidarity from the safety of their own home.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
01/04/2020
The High Court of Justice during a hearing
Will coronavirus lead to nationwide voiding of contracts?

This could lead to an unparalleled number of lawsuits, which could overwhelm a judicial system that is itself barely operating at present.

No sparkle as coronavirus shutters Israel's diamond industry

Exports of polished diamonds dropped by some 28% to $4.9 billion last year as the global industry was hit hard by the US-China trade war and mass pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

01/04/2020
Virtual Campus, Real Hate

A complaint was filed with the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights by an NYU student who charged that the university tolerated “extreme antisemitism” to fester on campus,

By DANIEL S. MARIASCHIN
01/04/2020
Retired doctors, medics abroad answer coronavirus calls

Another 20,000 health professionals who had either retired or left the industry have return following the passing of emergency legislation.

By REUTERS
01/04/2020
Arab Israelis fear they won’t be able to cope with coronavirus alone

Nazareth Hospital opens department for receiving infected patients

Significant drop in military ops in the West Bank due to the coronavirus

Lone soldiers to get financial help to help reduce financial stress caused by the virus.

Larry David addresses 'idiots' avoiding caution during coronavirus lockdown

While the delivery was lighthearted, the message was clear. David, 72, wanted to remind those not taking these precautions seriously that they are inadvertently hurting the elderly.

Bennett: Netanyahu’s quarantine policy for arrivals is impractical, costly

PM orders that all arrivals from abroad be sent to quarantine after previously overruling Bennett plan in favor of self-isolation.

Magen David Adom medics staff a special coronavirus hotline
Israel's MDA to treat coronavirus patients with new 'passive vaccine'

This assumes that those who have recovered from COVID-19 have developed special anti-virus proteins or antibodies in their plasma, which could therefore help sick patients cope with the disease.

money
Four-fifths of Israelis are stressed out by coronavirus - survey

A new IDI survey shows that more than half the population is worried about their finances – but half still trust the government's financial professionals.

By ZEV STUB
01/04/2020
A man wears a face mask for fear of the coronavirus as he takes the train to Haifa, on March 17, 202
Experts do an about-face, begin recommending masks to fight coronavirus

'If, in fact, a person who may or may not be infected wants to prevent infecting somebody else, the best way to do that is with a mask. Perhaps that's the way to go.'

01/04/2020
JJ Sussman
The Four Questions of Hope

With Pesach just around the corner, let's stop complaining at a distance and refocus our observations.

By JJ SUSSMAN
01/04/2020
Israeli Magen David Adom medical team members transfer an Israeli man, suspected of being Covid-19 p
Coronavirus and preexisting medical conditions: Which ones kill?

A third of the Israeli population suffers from one of these diseases, which puts a great amount of the public at risk.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
01/04/2020
A member of medical staff swabs the nose of a Palestinian worker for coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
PA prioritizes terror payments over welfare as coronavirus curbs budget

The Palestinian Authority is expecting a 50% decrease in income thanks to the impact of the virus.

Young Israelis arrive to the Israeli army recruitment center at Tel Hashomer, outside of Tel Aviv on
Even amid coronavirus shutdown, you’re in the army now

Induction day is certainly challenging in the best of times. And these are certainly not the best of times.

01/04/2020
Moshe Leon (r) inspects the new testing facility in East Jerusalem.
Drive thru coronavirus testing center planned for east Jerusalem

Around 4,000 people were tested at drive through centers across Israel on Tuesday

Hanan Ben Ari, October 2019
Israeli singers find meaning in coronavirus outbreak

Many Israeli artists have offered free live-streamed concerts since the outbreak began and gatherings were banned

01/04/2020
Israeli start-up tests speech analysis monitoring of coronavirus patients

"The coronavirus pandemic requires the efficient managing of the resources of the health system," Cordio CEO Tamir Tal told the "Post"

01/04/2020
A man walks in an alley inside Jerusalem's Old CIty as shops are closed amid coronavirus restriction
Israeli unemployment exceeds one million: 24.4% of workforce

"Unfortunately, our forecasts materialized - we reached one million jobseekers in March alone."

01/04/2020
Eggs (illustrative)
Amid shortage, Israeli chefs cook up egg-ceptional Passover alternatives

Chefs and bakers share holiday recipes as Agriculture Ministry vows to speed up egg imports in response to coronavirus-linked disruptions

By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE
01/04/2020
A resident pays for groceries by standing on a tree stump to peer over barriers set up to ring fence
Shoppers shout across the wall in Wuhan, eager to return to normal life

Shoppers stood on chairs on Wednesday to get a glimpse of the goods on sale on the other side, shouting down to vendors to check on prices.

By REUTERS
01/04/2020
Two NJ couples charged with child endangerment over coronavirus gatherings

'My Office will prosecute any individual who defies or breaks the law, State of Emergency or otherwise. Everyone must respect and follow the law.'

01/04/2020
Magen David Adom workers and Shaarei tsedek hospital medical team, wearing protective clothing, as a
Coronavirus: Number of victims reaches 23, 5,591 Israelis infected

Of those infected, 97 are currently in serious conditions with 76 of them incubated. Overall, 637 people diagnosed with the virus are hospitalized.

MIGAL researchers working vigorously to find a new coronavirus vaccine
Novel coronavirus vaccine being tested on rodents in Israel

The institute's director told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the vaccine was being readied for testing in animals.

01/04/2020
Sheldon Adelson, a casino magnate and major backer of pro-Israel causes.
Sheldon Adelson donates 2m. face masks to hospitals, first responders

Some 250,000 of the masks will go to the Trump administration’s program to assist health workers.

Songwriter Adam Schlesinger hospitalized with coronavirus

Schlesinger, 52, who grew up in a secular Jewish home, has been in an unnamed hospital in upstate New York for over a week.

By EMILY BURACK/ JTA
01/04/2020
Barry Freundel
Mikvah-peeping Rabbi Barry Freundel set to be released early from prison

Freundel, 68, who began serving his prison term in May 2015, was sentenced to 6 1/2 years after pleading guilty to 52 counts of voyeurism, a charge that carries up to a year’s incarceration.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
01/04/2020
Jewish Canadians returning from US cause spike in coronavirus

Cote St. Luc, a Montreal suburb with the densest and most elderly Jewish population in Quebec, reported some of earliest cases and has declared a state of emergency.

By DAVID LAZARUS/JTA
01/04/2020
HAREDIM GATHER en masse in Bnei Brak. Is their leadership’s political model sustainable?
Bnei Brak mayor: 'The city must not become a ghetto'

Abraham Rubinstein spoke from his isolation about the possibility of a lockdown of the entire city: "we can't build a prison; the people won’t be able to handle it"

By MAARIV ONLINE
01/04/2020
Republican Jewish Coalition targets GOP congressman in primary

Massie insisted that Congress adhere to a rule that a majority of House members are present to do business. Most members had returned home in order to avoid contracting or spreading the coronavirus.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
01/04/2020
A member of medical staff swaps a Palestinian worker for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing, upo
Coronavirus: Philadelphia Jewish day school art center makes face shields

Since starting production last week, the school in Merion Station has made about 200 shields for distribution to doctors and nurses in the community. Now it’s ramping up production to produce that ma

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
01/04/2020
Challah-tinkering yeast scientist helps bread-bakers get a good rise

Every year after Pesach I buy a one pound bag of yeast and it lasts through the year and I use it to make challah. So I’m still pursuing the quixotic quest to make the perfect challah.

By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
01/04/2020
Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion Airport
After several canceled flights, 31 Brazilian Jews find their way to Israel

For 14 passengers from Rio, the door-to-door journey lasted an exhausting 50 hours.

By MARCUS GILBAN/JTA
01/04/2020
Mexico flag
Mexican-Jewish folk troupe shows new piece on YouTube after show canceled

The show was originally slated for the end of March, but was canceled due to the coronavirus.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
01/04/2020
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about the U.S response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic durin
US predicts between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths from coronavirus

The task force's leading infectious disease expert, estimating that 100,000 people who could die from the virus, said: "As sobering as that number is, we should be prepared for it."

Biden widens lead over Trump despite coronavirus halting campaign – poll

The poll showed that the coronavirus had rattled the entire country, with 89% saying they were "very" or "somewhat" concerned by the respiratory disease.

By REUTERS
01/04/2020
UK Jews overrepresented in coronavirus deaths, some theories as to why

The figures are raising concerns that British Jews are particularly at risk from the virus. They are also giving rise to multiple hypotheses to explain this reality, though none seem conclusive.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
31/03/2020
Police officers close synagogues and disperse public gatherings in the ultra orthodox Jewish neighbo
The ultra-Orthodox radicals fighting the police coronavirus enforcement

In general, these hardliners belong to communities associated with the radical, anti-Zionist Eda Haredit association of ultra-Orthodox communities.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses a news conference in the Press Briefing Room at the St
Will the US ease its sanctions on Iran due to coronavirus?

“We are constantly re-evaluating all of our policies, including our sanctions policy,” says Pompeo.

Members of the "Psalm 100" evangelical church, dressed as angels and holding placards making referen
Over half of Americans pray for COVID-19's end

The figure included 15% of people who usually never prayed, and a quarter of those who said they weren't normally religious.

A closed talmudic school in the ultra orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Meah Shearim, following the go
Coronavirus: A worldwide tragedy

Coronavirus returns us to our most basic values. We are home with our families, little or no international travel, little to no international trade.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
31/03/2020
HAREDIM GATHER en masse in Bnei Brak. Is their leadership’s political model sustainable?
Bnei Brak

With more than 570 cases, the ultra-Orthodox city has more than 10% of the country’s nearly 5,000 cases.

Letters
Letters to the Editor: April 1, 2020

Readers of The Jerusalem Post have their say.

The Mamilla shopping mall in Jerusalem
Business as usual in Jerusalem as online mall opens for locals

The mall, an initiative of the Jerusalem Municipality, is free for local businesses to join and will be promoted by the municipality through a variety of platforms.

31/03/2020
Emergency Medical Technicians wearing protective gear wheel a sick patient to a waiting ambulance du
Amid US 2020 election, coronavirus becomes a matter of political dispute

With the 2020 presidential elections at the horizon, even a pandemic becomes a matter of right and left.

How does Israel's NIS 80b. stimulus package compare to global efforts?

For many in the business sector there is little appetite to celebrate at all. Others, looking at measures implemented by other governments, are green with envy.

01/04/2020
Elite troops of the IDF will contribute to Israel's fight against coronavirus
IDF's elite Sayeret Matkal playing role in war against coronavirus

IAI and Invoytec to produce Israeli-developed ventilators in missile production plant.

Radar system protecting Israel’s borders will monitor coronavirus patients

Two military systems developed by Elbit and IAI will remotely monitor and measure vital signs

Gantz decides to exempt Knesset from Corona rules

"My goal is to enable the Knesset to function as well as possible under the circumstances," Gantz said.

31/03/2020
Coronavirus: Besides food, are people stocking up on cannabis?

In many countries in lockdown around the world the authorities are reporting a number of cases of people breaking the regulations to contain the outbreak to buy cannabis.

Jewish Agency and Ogen launch fund to fight coronavirus

To finance the initiative, Ogen allocated NIS 30 million NIS in lending capital.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
31/03/2020
Knesset to approve Shin Bet surveillance of coronavirus-infected citizens

Ashkenazi: Bennett’s plan to allow NSO group to store surveillance data is intolerable.

An employee of German biopharmaceutical company CureVac, demonstrates research workflow on a vaccine
Israel tests coronavirus vaccine prototype on rodents at defense lab

Netanyahu's office said IIBR director had informed him of "significant progress" in designing a vaccine prototype and that the institute "is now preparing a model for commencing an animal trial."

By REUTERS
31/03/2020
In time of coronavirus, a call to make Seder communally on balconies

“One people one table” invites everyone to join so that anyone left alone in their home can celebrate the Passover Seder with their big family - the nation of Israel.

SEPHARDI CHIEF Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef
Chief Rabbis: Don’t leave home to burn chametz for Passover

New instructions for religious observance issued by Chief Rabbis Yitzhak Yosef and David Lau in light of new coronavirus restrictions

CREATIVE PEACE-MAKING projects like this one supported by the Jewish Federations
Coronavirus: Jewish Federations help nonprofits receive financial aid

JFNA help Jewish nonprofits access Small Business Administration loans, as part of the Paycheck Protection Program, through the CARES Act.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
31/03/2020
As consumers scramble, Israel targets increased egg supply

The agriculture and finance ministries said they have taken the "exceptional" move to persuade shipping companies to change their routes for greater and faster imports.

31/03/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Health Minister Ya'acov Litzman address the nation on the coro
Why is the Health Ministry preventing 20,000 daily coronavirus tests?

It’s been three weeks since news broke that the Weizmann Institute can conduct so many COVID-19 checks – so why isn’t it? "This can be the game changer Israel needs to combat the virus."

By BEN CASPIT/MAARIV , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
31/03/2020
A GROUP of junior high school students are demanding the government fulfill its educational duty to
Education Ministry: No decision yet made about school after Passover

Distance learning has proven itself. We have received excellent responses from teachers and students, if the situation persists, we will put in more agenda."

By CELIA JEAN
31/03/2020
Moscow’s Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center
Moscow Jewish Museum Launches Online Exhibition on Love During Holocaust

Memories of weddings and secret dates in the ghetto, of forbidden gifts, of mutual care and support, of dreams of home, family, and their own country fill the space.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
31/03/2020
A technological solution to ease the shortage in coronavirus diagnosis

The startup Hyro may provide a possible solution to the severe shortage of coronavirus testing capacity.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
31/03/2020
Bird sacrifices and chants, Cuba's Santeria seek coronavirus protection

"We are calling these blessings upon her to keep her healthy," said Henry Rodriguez, 40, leader of the ceremony. "But this ceremony isn't just for us; it's also for global health."

By REUTERS
31/03/2020
UNSC welcomes Israeli-Palestinian cooperation against coronavirus

Israel has provided medical equipment for the PA to combat the pandemic, as well as guidance and cooperation with Palestinian medical crews.

THE GATES of heaven have parted, revealing a blessed new IKEA near Beit Shemesh.
IKEA starts producing protective gear for health care workers

Demand for its office furniture is holding up well as many work from home due to the coronavirus.

By REUTERS
31/03/2020
Israeli gaming company, industry leaders launch campaign with WHO

"As part of this important response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Playtika is fully committed to helping people worldwide stay safe and feel connected."

31/03/2020
Saint Sarkis Cathedral and a building with a mural of Iran's late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
Iran's death toll from coronavirus climbs to 2,898

At a meeting broadcast live, Rouhani called on Iranians to avoid public places.

By REUTERS
31/03/2020
Peyton Manning drops in on UT online lecture to greet students on lockdown

"It’s been at least since 1996, ’97 since I’ve been in a class. These are unique circumstances,” Manning said to his former teacher.

Oded Forer
Finance chair: Gov't financial plan a 'collection of unclear headlines'

Dismissing that the Knesset committee will act as a "rubber stamp," MK Oded Forer said the plan must include compensation for severely affected industries, including the tourism industry.

31/03/2020
Germany, France, UK circumvent sanctions to send medical goods to Iran

The German Foreign Office said that Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges is a way to allow for trade between Europe and Iran and preserve the JCPOA nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

KOCHAVI – WITH newly appointed Defense Minister Naftali Bennett – is known as a perfectionist and re
IDF chief Kochavi tests negative for COVID-19, remains in quarantine

The three were in contact with a commander in the reserves who was diagnosed with the virus on Tuesday

Coronavirus patient jumps from third-floor hospital window

Before jumping, the man was considered to have mild symptoms. He had been transferred to the hospital from home care the week before.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
31/03/2020
Danon: UN must condemn Palestinian charge that IDF is spreading COVID-19

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov condemns Palestinian and Israeli incitement, but does not mention Abbas

Turkey may release criminals during pandemic, jails journalists

A journalist named Nurcan Baysal became the latest to face Turkey’s investigations this week for her coverage of the government’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak in the minority Kurdish region.

Coronavirus by the numbers: Which Israeli cities have the most sick?

One-third of people screened for coronavirus in Bnei Brak tested positive * Jerusalem has the most COVID-19 patients

Amazon packages awaiting dispatch
Amazon and Instacart workers demand coronavirus protection, go on strike

Amazon workers in at least eleven warehouses across the United States have tested positive for COVID-19.

Hospital bed in Hadassah Ein Kerem
Coronavirus: When Israel’s 'everything will be ok' mindset hits the fan

Israel lost its way in recent decades and enabled a free fall in the number of hospital beds per capita.

Nefesh B'Nefesh offers new services in the wake of the coronavirus crisis

The most notable of the additional services provided has been to proactively reach out to those most vulnerable during the crisis, such as lone soldiers, the young and elderly, and the unemployed.

By CELIA JEAN
31/03/2020
A member of medical staff swaps a Palestinian worker for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing, upo
Gov't mulls lockdown on haredi cities as coronavirus patients hit 5,591

COVID-19: Number of dead surges to 21 people, 97 patients in serious condition * Health Ministry: 'Too early to be optimistic,' despite decline in numbers

Airbnb to pay out $250 million to hosts to ease coronavirus cancellations

The aid, which will pay hosts 25% of their normal cancellation fees, is being offered globally except for China.

By REUTERS
31/03/2020
Over 40 rabbis in Diaspora have died since coronavirus outbreak

The one reform rabbi known to have died is Rabbi Neil Kraft, the beloved rabbi of the Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue who passed away weeks before he was due to retire.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
31/03/2020
Attorney at center of New Rochelle coronavirus outbreak released

Garbuz was directly connected to 37 other confirmed cases of coronavirus in New York, including his wife, two of their children and a neighbor.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
31/03/2020
A member of Romania's Jewish community points to devastated graves at a Jewish cemetery in Bucharest
Bucharest Jews can bury coronavirus dead on Shabbat to avoid cremation

The Jewish community of Bucharest, Romania, received a rabbinical allowance to bury coronavirus victims on Shabbat.

By MARCY OSTER
31/03/2020
William Helmreich, famous sociologist of US Jewry, dies of coronavirus

Helmreich, 74, an academic with eclectic interests whose areas of expertise ranged from race relations to urban life to Orthodox Jewry.

By URIEL HEILMAN/JTA
31/03/2020
Iranian people wear protective masks to prevent contracting a coronavirus, in Tehran, Iran February
Here’s what coronavirus-hit Iran might do to wreak havoc in the region

The confluence of hard-hitting sanctions on the country and Iran’s floundering theocracy frustrated an adequate response to the pandemic.

By RON KAMPEAS
31/03/2020
A teenager wears a costume as a reference to coronavirus as school children dress-up marking the Jew
US: Coronavirus cooperation proof Israeli-Palestinian peace talks possible

US Deputy Ambassador Cherith Norman: Israeli-Palestinian joint activity to halt the spread of the coronavirus crisis is akin to the type of cooperation and dialogue necessary to resolve the conflict.

Should we be shopping for Passover or the pandemic?

Before speaking to my mom, I hadn’t given any thought to Passover cleaning or how filling a cupboard with pasta could be a problem for some Jews.

By RENÉE REIZMAN/JTA
31/03/2020
plane crash at the Boryspil… REUTERS 19/01/2020 12:16 IRAN-NUCLEAR/IAEA FILE PHOTO: An Iranian flag
US renews sanctions waivers allowing Iran nonproliferation work

The United States has allowed Russian, Chinese and European companies to continue their work at Iranian nuclear sites to make it harder for Tehran to develop nuclear weapons.

By REUTERS
31/03/2020
Iran could activate proxies, up nuclear activities amid coronavirus crisis

President Trump’s hands may be tied due to upcoming November election and given scope of outbreak in US.

By CHARLES BYBELEZER/THE MEDIA LINE
31/03/2020
600 IDF soldiers to join efforts in enforcing coronavirus guidelines

The soldiers will accompany Israel police officers and have a special tag. The commanders will also carry weapons.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
31/03/2020
Kibbutzim: Socialist communities in the age of social distancing

The consequences for agriculture and tourism impact all of Israel.

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
31/03/2020
Members of firefighters wear protective face masks, amid fear of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as
Iran's health minister says no shortage of special drugs

"Although it is hard to fight the coronavirus under sanctions, since the beginning [of the outbreak] we have not faced a shortage of special drugs," Iran's health minister said.

"Blue Box", charity (tzedakah) box of the Jewish National Fund, model 2006
Philanthropy in time of the global coronavirus pandemic – opinion

All over the world, people are losing their jobs, and this will affect the global economy. But most of all it will hurt those who are already in a position of few opportunities.

By BOAZ OZERY
30/03/2020
Blue and White leader Benny Gantz (L) and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) sit in front of Pres
A unity government, but at what cost?

Over 20% of Israelis are unemployed these days due to the coronavirus. A new government should be working to help them find jobs, not working to find jobs for itself.

IDFWO’s “Otzma Quarantine Camp”
How to cope with the stress associated with the coronavirus

Even if one is aware of the alternative outcomes, it is hard to predict what will eventually occur to the individual.

By MENI KOSLOWSKY
30/03/2020
Scotland hopes to avoid the worst of coronavirus – opinion

If you don’t work in the health or care sector, it’s just this invisible threat.

By TIM KNOWLES
30/03/2020
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