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.

General view of a farewell event at Disney World on the final night before closure due to coronaviru
Florida officials approve Walt Disney World re-opening plans

When the Disney parks reopen, guests and employees will be required to wear masks and undergo temperature checks.

By REUTERS
29/05/2020
Tens of thousands of coronavirus tests and processing equipment arrived from China
Vlogger details joint fight of Israel, China against COVID-19

The video details the various ways in which the two countries helped one another from both the ordinary people from both countries and the governments.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
29/05/2020
Vials of investigational coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment drug remdesivir are capped at a Gi
WHO, 37 countries launch alliance to share tools to battle COVID-19

"Vaccines, tests, diagnostics, treatments and other key tools in the coronavirus response must be made universally available as global public goods."

By REUTERS
29/05/2020
An illustrative photo of Hasidim walking in Brooklyn, New York.
Amid COVID-19 pandemic two major Brooklyn synagogues discuss merging

“While I am prouder than ever to be part of this congregation, our financial health has been seriously impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.”

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
29/05/2020
Jewish nursing home has highest coronavirus death toll in Massachusetts

While the highest number of deaths reportedly came from the Leavitt Family Jewish Home in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, other nursing homes in the state had a similar number of deaths.

By CELIA JEAN
29/05/2020
Health Ministry to hold press conference to address rise in COVID-19 cases

According to Ynet, the Health Ministry is considering halting school for middle and high school students, grades 7 to 12.

General view of the almost empty Patpong nightlife and sex trade district, which is usually crowded
Go-go bars gone as coronavirus hits Bangkok's sex district

The lockdown has meant the whole sex industry has collapsed. Online escort service Smooci said activity in Bangkok fell to 10 percent in April.

By REUTERS
29/05/2020
Eastern European medical interns seek to become doctors in Israel

Part of the 'Israel Experience,' the Jewish Agency's subsidiary company for education, the program brings doctors from Eastern Europe and integrates them into all institutions requiring their skills.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
29/05/2020
The Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron
Palestinians angered over prayer restrictions at Cave of the Patriarchs

The PA accused Israel of deliberately infringing on religious freedoms by applying restrictions.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
29/05/2020
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio speaks to the media during a press conference in temporary hospit
New York City mayor outlines first reopening steps

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday outlined the first steps for reopening the United States' most populous city, envisioning up to 400,000 people heading back to their workplaces.

By REUTERS
28/05/2020
In Israel, daily coronavirus rate spikes to 101 new cases

"We had a period of euphoria," outgoing Health Ministry D-G Moshe Bar Siman Tov said. "Now we have received a wake up call."

By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
29/05/2020
PASSENGERS WEARING masks push trolleys yesterday at the departures terminal at Ben-Gurion Airport.
Brussels Airlines, Austrian Airlines to renew Israel flights in mid-June

Austrian Airlines flights between Vienna International Airport and Ben-Gurion Airport will fly every Sunday, Thursday and Saturday.

28/05/2020
French cat survives coronavirus infection

The nine-year-old cat is the first known case of a pet being infected by the coronavirus in France.

By REUTERS
28/05/2020
Indonesia to keep prescribing anti-malaria drugs for coronavirus patients

The World Health Organization announced this week it was temporarily halting its global Solidarity trial, which was trialing hydroxychloroquine in more than 30 countries, including Indonesia.

By REUTERS
28/05/2020
In the era of coronavirus, who can enter Israel and how do they do it?

On March 18, the Israeli government closed its borders to all foreigners in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Israeli institutes of higher education can open on Sunday

The number of active coronavius cases in Israel was under 2,000 on Wednesday.

China's 'Bat woman' says future pandemics likely unless measures are taken

'These viruses exist in nature, whether we admit it or not. If we don't study, there will be possibly another outbreak, and we wouldn't know them.'

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
28/05/2020
The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Cairo
Some medics say they are muzzled in Egypt’s coronavirus response

Egypt has reported 19,666 cases of the coronavirus, including 816 deaths.

By REUTERS
28/05/2020
NEW YORK Governor Andrew M. Cuomo holds his daily COVID-19 press briefing at the New York Stock Exch
NY looks to ‘turn the page’ on coronavirus and focus on reopening economy

Cuomo said the state is ramping up efforts to focus on specific ZIP codes, predominantly in low income and minority communities, where new cases are spiking.

By ARIT JOHN
28/05/2020
Gal Gadot wonder
Gal Gadot surprises nurses dressed as Wonder Woman on morning talk show

Four Detroit medical professionals dressed as Wonder Woman spoke with Good Morning America host T. J. Holmes over video chat when they were surprised by real-life Wonder Woman Gal Gadot.

28/05/2020
Woman who helped normalize Israel-Sudan relations dies of coronavirus

According to foreign sources, Israel decided to try and give her medical treatment for the coronavirus, due to her previous involvement with laying the ground work for the Israel-Sudan normalization.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
28/05/2020
COVID-19 immunity lasts only six months, reinfection possible - study

Since there is no treatment or vaccine for the novel coronavirus, the only way to stop its spread is through social distancing and good hygiene.

Gymnasia Rehavia school in Jerusalem
Seven faculty members in Jerusalem school test positive for coronavirus

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, over 130 students and 30 staff members were put in isolation.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
28/05/2020
Lake Austin, Texas
Mrs. Maisel spent a summer there, now for $6m it can be yours

The Scott’s Family Resort in Deposit, which has been operating for 150 years, is on the market.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
28/05/2020
Summer camp [Illustrative]
Opening these Jewish camps in the summer is a bad idea – opinion

Reasoning that you can “create a bubble at camp” is at best a flawed idea.

By DR. ALISON SPATZ LEVINE , HEATHER MAIMAN/JTA
28/05/2020
Despite coronavirus measures, Masa students will be able to enter Israel

Fellows who arrive in Israel will be required to remain in quarantine for 14 days, during which they will receive orientations, Hebrew-language course and educational seminars.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
28/05/2020
Museum of Jewish Montreal told it must vacate premises

“It’s sad and difficult for us to leave a space that meant so much to us, to you, and to the city."

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
28/05/2020
Biden on 100,000 US coronavirus deaths: 'Nation grieves with you'

"There are moments in our history so grim, so heart-rending, that they're forever fixed in each of our hearts as shared grief. Today is one of those moments."

By REUTERS
28/05/2020
David Friedman, family make thousands of Shavuot cheesecakes for elderly

Together, they worked to prepare thousands of mini-cheesecakes for the elderly and those unable to leave their homes ahead of the holiday of Shavuot.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
28/05/2020
US coronavirus death toll passes 100,000

The coronavirus has killed more people than the AIDS epidemic did from 1981 through 1989.

By REUTERS
27/05/2020
PixCell Medical
Hillel's Tech Corner: Bringing blood diagnostics home

COVID-19 has served as an accelerator for the adoption of healthcare improvements left on the sidelines for years.

27/05/2020
AstraZeneca tests diabetes drug for COVID-19 despite risk seen by doctors

The trial of 900 hospitalized patients, dubbed DARE-19, will test Farxiga against a placebo with results expected by December. The international study began in April.

By REUTERS
27/05/2020
Likud MKs applaud Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of his first trial hearing on Sunday
Right from wrong: Why we want Netanyahu’s trial televised

For some reason, the Jerusalem District Court – where the arraignment took place and the rest of the trial will be held – nixed the idea to televise it.

27/05/2020
Benjamin Netanyahu attends international coronavirus summit

The leaders said that re-opening schools would not lead to a second outbreak of the virus, based on the case in their countries.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
27/05/2020
MUSICIAN ZEEV TENE and his band Nimas Li (‘I’ve Had It’) will rock from the rooftops of HaShoftim St
Israeli artists and musicians display their exit strategies

Choreographer Yasmeen Godder invited 50 people to imprint their bodies on cloth as a means to give human bodies their presence again.

WHILE ISRAELI soccer teams are ready to return to game action, league officials are focused on provi
Israeli soccer season set to kick off again

Championship chase resumes: Mac TA vs Hap Haifa, Beersheba at Jerusalem, Greens host Reds

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
27/05/2020
Two thirds of Anglo and French olim think coronavirus will increase aliyah

64% of French and English speaking immigrants to Israel believe that the coronavirus pandemic "will significantly increase" immigration to Israel.

Shabbat packages preparation and distribution at the Jewish community of Irkutsk in Siberia, Russia,
Amid the pandemic Russian Jews stay cautious, receive Shavuot packages

Since the fall of the Soviet regime, Jewish life in Russia has experienced an incredible revival.

Barzilai Medical Center's Chezy Levy appointed next Health Ministry D-G

“At such a time, with the need to prepare for a second wave of the coronavirus and to place the health system as one of Israel’s top priorities, Prof. Chezy Levy is the right person for the job."

Municipalities aim to take command ahead of second coronavirus wave

Municipal control and regulation system will allow each municipality to identify and locate

Israeli specialist: Hydroxychloroquine ineffective treatment for COVID-19

The drug has been under investigation worldwide, including in the United States, after President Donald Trump called it a “game-changer” in the fight against coronavirus.

27/05/2020
Pizza Pozza
It’s official: Restaurants in Israel are reopening

On Wednesday, many eateries around the country resumed regular operations – with restrictions.

By BUZZY GORDON
27/05/2020
RINA SCHENFELD: This connection between words and movement is so inspiring for me and the dancers.
To dance or not to dance

It was during this confusing period that Rina Schenfeld was informed that she had won the prestigious Rosenblum Prize for the Performing Arts in the lifetime achievement category.

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
27/05/2020
THE HERZLIYA MUSEUM of Contemporary Art.
Will the museums survive the coronavirus shutdown?

As they contemplate opening their doors after Shavuot, museums around the country are still putting the pieces together.

By NERIA BARR
27/05/2020
THE CRITICAL Mass bike ride is back.
Cleaning up Jerusalem’s cycling act

While there has been much talk in Jerusalem's municipality of plans to construct more dedicated bicycle paths, progress has been slow.

27/05/2020
LIVNATT AFFRIAT prepares sufganiyot in December.
Gourmandises and the best sufganiyot in Jerusalem defeated by coronavirus

“So many people have been calling us and telling us not to close,” chef Yoel Affriat revealed. “Maybe we will open up again in the future.”

27/05/2020
Mahane Yehuda market reopens after coronavirus restrictions had it shut down for the most part
The dark side of Jerusalem’s nightlife

“We are all happy about the development and success of the shuk, but the problem is that there hasn’t been a balance found between the entertainment areas and their owners to earn their living."

27/05/2020
LEOR HOLZER: While his bookstore will remain open, the situation is fragile.
With a little help from my friends: Campaigns to cover coronavirus losses

Even though Holzer’s NIS 25,000 Headstart campaign ended successfully last week, he adds, with a sad smile, that this doesn’t even begin to cover the losses caused by the coronavirus.

27/05/2020
PURCHASING MEALS through the Headstart campaign is one of the ways customers can support Rehavia eat
Jerusalem landmark eateries struggle to stay afloat amid coronavirus

'We are braced for six to eight difficult months. That’s where the biggest fear comes in.’

By ELIANA RUDEE
27/05/2020
Trump: Twitter is interfering in the 2020 presidential election

Allegations followed Twitter fact-checking one of Trump’s tweets for the first time

Hollywood seeks COVID-19 consultants to help keep sets safe

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted producers, movie studios and workers' unions to seek expert advice on how to safely reopen film and TV sets, which shut down worldwide in mid-March.

By REUTERS
27/05/2020
IF YOUR date isn’t calling, you might want to reach out to the person who made the introduction.
Ghosting, inappropriate behavior and coronavirus dating

We welcome you to submit your questions about dating, online profiles, dating etiquette, relationships and more.

By ELANA VIVAT
27/05/2020
Mytilene, Greece
Greece to welcome Israelis, Germans, Cypriots in first wave of visitors

Tourism accounts for about 20% of the Greek economy and the government sees the sector as a major engine of its recovery from a lockdown that has brought business to a virtual standstill.

By REUTERS
27/05/2020
NITSANA DARSHAN-LEITNER, director of Shurat HaDin.
Holding China responsible for the damages of COVID-19

The Stop COVID Act would make China legally and financially liable for damages caused by the virus in the US.

Bulk of US citizens disapprove of China's coronavirus response - survey

As the world confronts the deadly coronavirus pandemic, China has been accused of spreading disinformation and further suppressing basic freedoms.

HALF A ton of matzah was flown from Israel to Ethiopia in time for Passover, distributed along with
COVID-19 and the Jewish question

The coronavirus has wreaked havoc on the entire world. Can we suggest a particularly Jewish angle to this pandemic?

Finance Ministry's 'return to work' plan meets mixed responses

The proposal is expected to be approved by the government on Sunday, before requiring the Knesset to approve an amendment to the basic law on the state economy.

27/05/2020
SORTING RICE at Beit Shalom Synagogue, Churachandpur, Manipur, India
Degel Menashe provides COVID-19 relief for India’s Bnei Menashe

One organization has taken it upon themselves to aid small Jewish communities in a far-off corner of India, and in the process have not only saved lives but also shown the true meaning of charity.

Noa Helinger
MASKerade: Innovation and altruism in times of coronavirus

The stories behind the masks.

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
27/05/2020
Office space [Illustrative]
Four-day workweek idea goes viral thanks to New Zealand's PM

The shorter workweek, much like working from home, may not be an option for some industries

27/05/2020
Fake MIGAL COVID-19 vaccine
Fake Israeli coronavirus vaccine being sold in South America

Boxes with MIGAL’s Hebrew logo contain small sealed vials of the fake vaccine and a set of counterfeit instructions for use – also in Hebrew.

NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL head Meir Ben-Shabbat attends a state audit committee meeting at the Kness
Meir Ben-Shabbat makes decisions under pressure, with lives on the line

The National Security Council head shuns the spotlight but his impact is vast.

28/05/2020
Israel approves mobilization of hospital-grade ventilators to West Bank

Project Rozana will be funding onsite training for Palestinian ICU medical professionals, which will take place at Rambam Hospital in Haifa.

Israel is opening: The latest COVID-19 restrictions and how to keep them

"We received a lot of joyful news today,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, as the government approved lifting more coronavirus regulations.

Chinese Embassy in France tweets anti-US, anti-Israel imagery in error

The embassy later released a statement that their Twitter account was "falsified," adding that the tweet was disseminated in error and not of their own volition.

In Japan, cafe uses capybaras to enforce social distancing

The stuffed animals are seated strategically in the cafe, which is apart of Izu Shaboten Zoo in Shizuoka, forcing diners to sit further apart.

By CELIA JEAN
27/05/2020
India evacuates 115 citizens from Israel as part of 'Vande Bharat Mission'

Passengers received protective gloves and masks as they prepared for takeoff.

27/05/2020
Los Angeles synagogue holds Friday night services despite coronavirus ban

The synagogue’s religious leader, Rabbi Chaim Baruch Rubin, said he believes President Donald Trump’s statement gave him the permission he needed to reopen.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
27/05/2020
Bride, groom, rabbi arrested at Jewish wedding in Buenos Aires

It was the third Jewish wedding in less than a week in the Balvanera area of the city, which is home to a large Orthodox population, that skirted the regulations.

By JTA STAFF
27/05/2020
It is time for hassidic leaders to embrace the Internet – opinion

In the Jewish world, this pandemic highlights broader societal and narrower cultural disparities.

By FRIMET GOLDBERGER/JTA
27/05/2020
German rabbi's livestreamed prayer a sign of change amid new normal

Balla himself is a living symbol of the rebirth of Jewish life in that part of the world.

By BEN HARRIS/JTA
27/05/2020
Former vice president Joe Biden (Left) and US President Donald Trump (Right)
Biden: Trump 'absolute fool' for not wearing face mask, 'costing lives'

Biden called Trump's behavior "macho stuff" and falsely masculine actions that were costing people's lives.

By REUTERS
27/05/2020
MEN’S section during Monday morning services at the Hatikva Synagogue.
Initiative aims to financially aid Jews of color amid COVID-19 crisis

We need to get funds into the hands of the most vulnerable, many of whom struggle daily to pay bills and put food on the table."

By CELIA JEAN
27/05/2020
China to use COVID-19 vaccine by end of year even if trials not completed

The reason for this decision is because of the dwindling number of new coronavirus cases in China.

27/05/2020
Israeli students  wear protective face masks as they return to school for the first time since the o
2019/20 school year to be extended until July

The decision was made to help bridge the educational gap caused by the crisis this year, and to assist in parents going to work, helping to restore the economy to full activity.

By CELIA JEAN
26/05/2020
Patient Room of the Future virtual tour, featuring (l-r) moderator Avner Halperin, Prof. Amitai Ziv,
Healthcare 2030? After coronavirus, Israeli hospital has an idea

The initiative was initially supposed to be launched in September, but coronavirus sped things up.

Omer Yankelevich
Diaspora Affairs minister: Israel to support Jews abroad hit by COVID-19

Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog lauds ‘paradigm shift’ in which Israel establishing mechanisms to help Jews in the Diaspora

Revealed: These are the corona supplies the Mossad hunted down for Israel

Knesset closes in on new Shin Bet coronavirus surveillance law

A Palestinian vendor sells food in a restaurant after Palestinians ease the restrictions of the coro
Palestinians welcome ease of restrictions with hope and anxiety

“The biggest challenge now facing the PA government is the high rate of unemployment and poverty,” said economy expert Adnan Sulieman.

Finance Ministry offers grants for each employee returning to work

The draft proposal published by Finance Minister Israel Katz aims to provide employers with grants worth NIS 7,500 for every employee who returns to the workplace after June 1.

26/05/2020
Jerusalem Film Festival opening event at Sultan's Pool, July 28, 2018
Jerusalem Film Festival announces ‘We Are One’ lineup

The Jerusalem Film Festival is one of 21 international festivals from 35 countries.

An Israeli girl stands as she hold balloons at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem on May 13, 2020
Post COVID-19, one-third of Israelis stressed and anxious - CBS survey

The report, “Civil resilience during the coronavirus crisis,” was the first state-run survey of its kind conducted after the lockdown was lifted.

Israeli scientists: Gaucher’s disease drugs effective against coronavirus

Scientists found that antiviral treatment using both drugs led to a significant reduction in the replication capacity of the coronavirus.

Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO), attends a news conference at t
WHO warns of 'second peak' in areas where COVID-19 declining

Many European countries and US states have taken steps in recent weeks to lift lockdown measures that curbed the spread of the disease but caused severe harm to economies.

By REUTERS
26/05/2020
Muslims pray in Berlin church to comply with social distancing rules

During the holy fasting month of Ramadan, the nearby Martha Lutheran church stepped in to help, hosting Muslim prayers in Arabic and German.

By REUTERS
26/05/2020
A man holds a laptop computer as cyber code is projected on him
Cyberattacks target Israeli labs working on coronavirus vaccine

The attacks attempted and failed to damage the vaccine development process, but did not attempt to steal information.

26/05/2020
Incendiary balloons return, balloon units threaten more launches

Terror group demands medical supplies to fight COVID-19; Gaza Health Ministry announces the first death of a Palestinian infected with coronavirus in the Strip.

26/05/2020
El Al Boeing 777 258 ER
With El Al's fate in gov't hands, airline braces for crash landing

Coronavirus killed what was left of the national carrier’s struggling business. El Al needs both a bailout and management reforms; the future of Israel’s aviation industry hangs in the balance.

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
26/05/2020
A general view of the pool at the Royal Beach Hotel in Eilat, Israel, June 12, 2018
Hotels returning to normal: High occupancy in Eilat over Shavuot

"In Eilat there is the highest rate of domestic tourism - 90%. For hotels based also on foreign tourism, the recovery will take a long time."

By MOSHE COHEN/MAARIV
26/05/2020
Baby crying [Illustrative]
Masks too dangerous for children under 2, Japan medical group says

"Masks can make breathing difficult because infants have narrow air passages," which increases the burden on their hearts, the association said, adding that masks also raise the risk of heat stroke

By REUTERS
26/05/2020
Study shows Mexico may be underreporting coronavirus deaths

The study showed that in Mexico city, deaths may be up to five times higher than the number of those confirmed so far.

By REUTERS
26/05/2020
Kiryas Joel
New York Hasidic school found operating with ‘hundreds of students inside’

A school in the Hasidic village of Kiryas Joel in New York was ordered to close after it was found operating with hundreds of students in its building.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
26/05/2020
U.S. President Donald Trump hosts a photo-op with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro before attendin
Brazil surpasses US in daily COVID-19 death toll, US pushes up travel ban

The White House on Monday brought forward by two days restrictions on travel to the United States from Brazil that were announced after the Brazil became the world's No. 2 coronavirus hotspot.

By REUTERS
26/05/2020
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