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.

Israeli army Technicians carry out a diagnostic test for coronavirus in a IDF lab in central Israel
New law to allow compulsory job recruitment in case of emergency

The law's goal is to prevent a shortage of essential employees in a possible emergency.

By OMRI RON
03/08/2020
White House, Congress resume talks on COVID-19 bill

Trump wants to see immediate progress on extending unemployment benefits and protections against eviction.

By REUTERS
03/08/2020
A LIVESTREAM SERVICE from inside Temple Shir Shalom in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan, March 202
Synagogues must adapt to the new reality if they are to survive COVID-19

The synagogue model is teetering and will, almost certainly, collapse.

(From right to left) Congressman Gregory Meeks; Governor Andrew Cuomo, UJA CEO Eric Goldstein; Senat
Global chaos is breeding antisemitism. Global leaders must end it

These extraordinary last few months are a fascinating and worrying laboratory for understanding what happens when antisemitism is allowed to flourish.

By SIMA VAKNIN-GILL
03/08/2020
Trump restrictions on coronavirus sick leave for employees rejected

The judge also invalidated what he called the rule's "vastly overbroad" definition of "health care provider."

By REUTERS
03/08/2020
Virus sadness, anti-virus comfort

The weight of the worldwide death toll and weeks of segregation are taking their toll.

Gantz at Home Front Command: 'Only a senseless enemy will test Israel'

Gantz went on to describe the challenges Israel is facing in current times, both in terms of security on all fronts as well as the coronavirus crisis.

By OMRI RON
03/08/2020
Palestinians face growing wave of corona cases

WHO official says the PA decision to cut ties with Israel has complicated the situation

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
03/08/2020
SodaStream, Hadassah Hospital launch COVID-19 respiratory device

A clinical trial of StreamO2 has started in the Jerusalem medical center after the device was approved by the Israeli Ministry of Health

By CYBERTECH
03/08/2020
Airlines must reimburse customers by October 1 - report

Any airline that can't prove a loss of at least 70% in earnings will need to reimburse customers immediately. El Al will need to reimburse customers over one billion NIS.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
03/08/2020
An emergency grant by The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews enables soup kitchen meal
Young Jewish volunteers help out low income communities amid coronavirus

“With the lockdown and quarantine, it was really hard to get connected with nonprofits,” said Alyssa Romo, a rising junior at Columbia University, according to the Forward.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
03/08/2020
Coronavirus cabinet weighs full lockdown for second half of August

Decision to allow foreign students in the country sparks criticism

Ichilov Medical team at the coronavirus unit, in the Ichilov hospital, Tel Aviv, Israel, July 28, 20
Cause for optimism? COVID-19 could curb spread of seasonal flu

“We really cannot tell how this will play out: The best policy would be to hope for the best and prepare for the worst.”

Students at Yeshivat Migdal HaTorah return to in-person classes as coronavirus regulations lifted
Israel prepares to greet 21,000 foreign students amid COVID-19 outbreak

The students will only be allowed into the country if the institutions they're learning in are approved by the Health Ministry and commit to upholding quarantine regulations for two weeks.

03/08/2020
Let them in

For the first time since the start of the “second wave,” the infection rate has fallen below threshold 1 – each contagious person is currently infecting less than one other person, it was disclosed Sunday.

Israel Police officers giving out tickets for not wearing a mask in public
Majority of Israelis concerned over coronavirus, 70% wear masks

Some 70% of respondents said that they make sure to wear a mask in all required cases, with 21% wearing one in most cases - regardless if they were instructed to do so.

Clinical trial to test an efficient group-testing based approach for SARS-CoV-2 detection are underw
Relief, NeuroRx say RLF-100 emergency treatment helps COVID-19 patients

In June the US Food and Drug Administration granted fast-track designation to RLF-100 for treatment of respiratory distress in COVID-19.

By REUTERS
03/08/2020
Facebook: increased ad revenue even as ADL-led boycott reduced spending

The ADL worked with Facebook for years on strategies to curb hate speech online but lost patience with the company after Zuckerberg said he would allow Holocaust denial on the platform.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
03/08/2020
Expecting 16,000 US students, Gamzu warns rule-breakers will be deported

Some 16,000 young adults from the United States alone are scheduled to enter Israel before Rosh Hashanah for study, seminary and pre-army programs.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
03/08/2020
 PAINTING by the Polish artist Maurycy Gottlieb c. 1878, titled ‘Jews Praying in the Synagogue on Yo
Pandemic reinvigorates push to bar pre-Yom Kippur chicken-swinging ritual in NYC

In recent years, money has replaced the chicken in the rite for many Jewish groups, but the practice continues in some communities, including in Orthodox neighborhoods of Brooklyn. That has angered advocates who say the practice is abusive to animals.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
03/08/2020
Neo-Nazi man giving Hitler salute
Berlin rally against coronavirus rules features neo-Nazi supporters

The rally was called a “Day of Freedom,” an apparent reference to a 1935 documentary about the Nazi army by Adolf Hitler’s pet filmmaker, Leni Riefenstahl. Some attendees displayed anti-Semitic slogans, while others compared Germany’s rules meant to stop the spread of the coronavirus to Nazi regulations.

By TOBY AXELROD/JTA
03/08/2020
Foreman wearing a face mask works as a cargo ship docks at a container terminal of Qingdao port
Asia's factory pain eases as China's activity jumps

Manufacturing activity in China expanded at the fastest pace in nearly a decade as domestic demand improved.

By REUTERS
03/08/2020
Deep breaths: Smoking pollution in Tel Aviv
No change in the overall number of smokers in Israel - report

The report further revealed that 25.3% of Israeli adult males smoke, in comparison to 15% of adult females.

By DANIEL NISINMAN
03/08/2020
Urban and digital spaces opening up for city students due to COVID-19

The municipality is cooperating with business owners so that both they and the city students can get through these troubled times more easily.

By DANIEL NISINMAN
03/08/2020
Britain to roll out millions of 90-minute coronavirus tests

They will comprise 5.8 million tests using DNA and 450,000 swab tests. Neither will need to be administered by a health professional, said Matt Hancock.

By REUTERS
03/08/2020
HANANEL EVEN HEN and Shiran Habush celebrate during their corona-era wedding at an Efrat public park
Jerusalem Municipality opens public sites to hold weddings

To allow Jerusalem couples to share their joy nonetheless, the local municipality is offering to hold small weddings, in a variety of scenic and urban locations across the city.

By DANIEL NISINMAN
03/08/2020
Back-to-school market drops to NIS 300m

The nationwide chain has invested in developing online sales activities, with a fast delivery system to the customer’s home. About 15% of its back-to-school purchases have been made online, it said.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
03/08/2020
Danny Danon: Extending the arms embargo against Iran is urgent

In an interview to The Jerusalem Post, the outgoing ambassador spoke about his highest and lowest points, as well as what he believes is important when dealing with Iran.

COVID-19 crisis makes ‘routine’ experience of minorities unbearable

Minority communities are in constant pursuit of equal opportunity, particularly in education, employment and welfare.

03/08/2020
Will the educational institutions open this fall in Israel?

For the first time since the start of the “second wave,” the infection rate has fallen below threshold 1 – each contagious person is currently infecting less than one other person.

Deep breaths: Smoking pollution in Tel Aviv
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, smoking rate in Israel remains unchanged

The percentage of Israelis who smoke is higher than in OECD countries.

02/08/2020
Netanyahu lauds 'day of good news' as Israelis receive benefits

‘I wish I was in a position where I could say I’ll give the money to charity,’ an unemployed tour-guide told ‘Post,’ ‘but my wife and I can’t do that’

Finance Ministry: Economy may need five years to recover from crisis

The report forecasts two possible scenarios: One in which the country manages to dance with the virus and one in which there are extreme spikes in morbidity.

Pelosi says she has no confidence in White House coronavirus adviser Birx

Pelosi did not elaborate about Birx, a lead member of the coronavirus task force along with Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

By REUTERS
02/08/2020
Government under quarantine: Seven MKs in isolation, one has corona

“When Shabbat came out, it unfortunately became clear that I was positive for coronavirus,” Rafi Peretz wrote on Twitter.

Teacher shows children how to wash their hands at her kindergarten in Jerusalem. May 10, 2020
Coronavirus outbreak in Ramat Gan preschool - no indication who caused it

Parents accused one of the teachers. The teacher thinks the kids came to school sick. 15 children have coronavirus.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
02/08/2020
Coronavirus: Israel's Infection rate drops to lowest since second wave

Cabinet to discuss reducing weekend restrictions, canceling restricted areas.

Gamzu: Any foreign student who disregards restrictions will be deported

“Any institution that disrespects the restrictions will be closed,” the new coronavirus czar said.

An illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depicts the 2019 N
At least 20 Boston scientists tested DIY coronavirus vaccine on themselves

“It’s not the best idea—especially in this case, you could make things worse,” warned Siber. “You really need to know what you are doing here.”

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
02/08/2020
Moderna CMO sells shares as final vaccine trials begin, raising concerns

CEO Stéphane Bancel has also cashed out on shares in recent months.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
02/08/2020
China sends team to Hong Kong to do widespread coronavirus testing

Some local residents fear China may use this as an excuse to collect DNA samples for surveillance purposes.

By REUTERS
02/08/2020
Small bottles labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe
Coronavirus: UK researchers to immunize hundreds with vaccine candidate

The team hopes to have enough data soon to begin inoculating several thousands in October.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
02/08/2020
Trump admin overpaid $500m. on ventilators from Dutch firm Philips

The committee also said that the White House had ignored Philips' failure to deliver the thousands of ventilators it had promised by mid-2019 under the earlier agreement.

By REUTERS
02/08/2020
Take the protests in proportion - analysis

When the two news stories are juxtaposed, they put things into proportion for anyone really paying attention.

Why doesn't Israeli media care about public amid coronavirus crisis?

The bottom line is that Israel’s media have a responsibility, first and foremost to the public, in helping the government to protect us from the virus.

By YISRAEL MEDAD , ELI POLLAK
02/08/2020
Coronavirus: Israel needs to invest in computing infrastructure

The current coronavirus crisis requires scientific collaboration on an unprecedented scale, and the platforms and infrastructure to support it.

By ODELIA LEVANON
01/08/2020
Democrats, White House still at impasse over coronavirus bill

"This was the longest meeting we had and it was more productive than the other meetings," Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said.

By REUTERS
01/08/2020
Store owners ignore COVID-19 health restrictions, open businesses anyway

“I can’t close a 2,000 square meter business for three weekends in a row,” Shfar'am business says, “why can a restaurant serve 20 people, but a clothing store can’t?”

Israelis protest against Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu outside Prime Minister official r
Chezy Levy: Demonstrations conducive to catching coronavirus

“I do not know anyone who has been infected during the demonstrations,” Chezy Levy told Kan.

Liberman slams decision to let foreign yeshiva students into Israel

"We have heard reports that the government will allow about 16,000 US students ... to come to Israel ahead of the holidays, without prior screening for the coronavirus."

Vietnam reports 12 more COVID-19 cases, total rises to 558

Vietnam has detected new coronavirus cases in other cities, including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, since its first locally transmitted infections in more than three months were reported in Danang.

By REUTERS
01/08/2020
Ichilov Medical team at the coronavirus unit, in the Ichilov hospital, Tel Aviv, Israel, July 28, 20
80-year-old Israeli recovers from COVID-19 in the US after four months

"We were called to the hospital four different times to say goodbye but he made it. We didn't have to say goodbye," Woidislawsky's wife, Rita said

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
01/08/2020
US coronavirus deaths rise by 1,453, biggest increase since May 27

For July, US cases rose by 1.87 million, or 69%, and deaths rose by 25,770, or 20%. In June cases rose by 835,000 and deaths by 22,322.

By REUTERS
01/08/2020
Ukraine to let in at least 5,000 Uman pilgrims for Rosh Hashanah

Israeli health officials are “nervous” about what will happen when the pilgrims return, Ukrainian Chief Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich said.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
01/08/2020
Donald Trump defends testing policy against criticism from the DNC

The criticism was made by Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.), the Democratic whip, who's in charge of the house's subcommittee regarding the coronavirus.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
01/08/2020
Seattle’s certified kosher restaurant closes amid pandemic pressure

The city’s only freestanding, certified kosher restaurant, Bamboo Garden, is serving its last meals today.

By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
01/08/2020
An illuminated Google logo is seen inside an office building in Zurich, Switzerland December 5, 2018
Google says 20 US states, territories 'exploring' contact tracing apps

The technology enables app users to track encounters with other people through Bluetooth signals and anonymously notify contacts if they later become infected with the virus.

By REUTERS
31/07/2020
Large US COVID-19 vaccine trials will exclude pregnant women for now

Drugmakers say they first need to make sure the vaccines are safe and effective more generally.

By REUTERS
31/07/2020
Beyonce's 'Black Is King' hopes to shift perception of being Black

'Black Is King' reimagines the story of the The Lion King movie with humans.

By REUTERS
31/07/2020
Taxi cars
HERE Mobility closes Israeli headquarters amid coronavirus pandemic

Like Gett, Uber and Lyft, HERE Mobility creates systems for transportation services used in taxi companies and transportation companies, among others to optimize their ability to process orders.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
31/07/2020
On the coronavirus front lines, masks win over face shields - experts

Deemed by many to offer the desperately needed protection against coronavirus, but they provide nothing more than an additional layer of protection and certainly can't replace masks.

By DANIEL NISINMAN
31/07/2020
WHO IS facilitating antisemitism in London.
Northern Ireland launches UK's first COVID-19 tracker app

The developer NearForm, which hopes the app will become a blueprint eventually synching up all of Europe, launched a similar app in Ireland on July 8, and cases can now be traced across the island's open border by two separate health services.

By REUTERS
31/07/2020
Cyprus
Two Israelis found on ship in Cyprus, breaking quarantine measures

Israelis coming to Cyprus must enter quarantine for two weeks.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
31/07/2020
Border Police go about coronavirus inspections in Mea Shearim, a haredi neighborhood in Jerusalem.
Did haredi MKs block lockdown lifting to prevent Shabbat desecration?

"Regardless of coronavirus, Shabbat has protected us as we have protected it throughout all of the generations."

31/07/2020
Gamzu: Time to consider easing restrictions on stores, schools, skies

New coronavirus ‘round tables’ to be held * Stores defy directive, remain open on Shabbat * Parks, beaches packed * Death toll tops 520

Most Americans blame China for spreading coronavirus - survey

Divided by political party affiliation, a vast majority of Republicans (83%) and Democrats (68%) hold a negative view of China.

31/07/2020
People pass by an image of late Cuban President Fidel Castro amid concerns about the spread of the c
Antibody drug lowers risk of death in elderly COVID-19 patients

A Cuban study found that itolizumab prevented COVID-19 from worstening.

By REUTERS
31/07/2020
People crowd the sanctuary of Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C., for a building dedicatio
In High Holiday season synagogues are wondering: Will people pay dues?

With regular in-person High Holiday services off the table due to the coronavirus, many synagogues are wondering whether they can survive financially.

By BEN SALES/JTA
02/08/2020
A nurse holds China's SinoVac coronavirus potential vaccine for trials before administering it to a
US to launch 'overwhelming' COVID-19 vaccine campaign by November

The official cautioned that there is still uncertainty around the timing of when a vaccine will actually be available.

By REUTERS
31/07/2020
In West Bank, Eid sacrifices plummet as Palestinian virus cases soar

Around 115,000 sheep and ten thousand calves were sold during Eid al-Adha in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem last year, according to ministry data.

By REUTERS
30/07/2020
Protesters continue fight against Netanyahu, 16 arrested

Protest against prime minister to be held in San Francisco on Friday

31/07/2020
Keying up for Israel's first online piano festival

“The PianoWebFest is all about international, online communication.”

By SARAH HERSHENSON
30/07/2020
The pandemic put Kate Gallego, Phoenix’s Jewish mayor, in the spotlight

Gallego is Phoenix’s third Jewish mayor — she said it was a “point of pride” that Emil Ganz was the first in the late 19th century — and she is deeply committed to its Jewish community.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
30/07/2020
For Gamzu to win, gov't needs to get politics out of the way

To avoid giving Bennett a win, Netanyahu preferred to play political games with lives on the line.

COVID-19 more likely to hit mental health of BAME men, study shows

COVID-19 has replicated and in some cases increased health inequalities between BAME and non-BAME individuals.

By SARAH CHEMLA
30/07/2020
'Mental health pandemic': A coronavirus side effect

HEALTH AFFAIRS: Are depression, stress and an expected rise in suicides more severe than the COVID-19 disease?

Bottles labeled "Vaccine" stand near medical syringe in front of "Coronavirus COVID-19" display
J&J starts human study of COVID-19 vaccine after promising monkey data

"This gives us confidence that we can test a single-shot vaccine in this epidemic and learn whether it has a protective effect in humans," Dr. Paul Stoffels, J&J's chief scientific officer

By REUTERS
30/07/2020
COVID-19 tanks US economy in second quarter, outlook shaky

The US economy contracted at a 32.9% annualized rate last quarter, its steepest pace since the Great Depression.

By REUTERS
30/07/2020
Trump raises possibility of delaying November US presidential election

Trump has cast doubt on the legitimacy of mail-in ballots, which have been used in far greater numbers in primary elections amid the coronavirus pandemic.

By REUTERS
30/07/2020
Ronni Gamzu visits the Home Front Command on July 29, 2020
IDF to begin contact tracing on Tuesday

“The IDF’s involvement is very important because it is a system that can work quickly,” said coronavirus commissioner Ronni Gamzu.

Demonstrators protest in Tel Aviv on September 27 to demand ection on climate change
IDI study: What do Israelis think of gov't handling of climate change?

Respondents were asked if the coronavirus crisis increased their concern regarding the dangers of the climate crisis.

30/07/2020
Load more
Subscribe for our daily newsletter
Subscribe for our daily newsletter

By subscribing I accept the terms of use