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.

Spain reports first imported COVID-19 case in months, from US
  • 05/29/2020 03:02 PM
Two people who traveled from the United States to the Spanish region of Valencia have tested positive for coronavirus, potentially becoming Spain's first imported cases of the virus since travel restrictions were imposed in mid-March.   With more than 27,000 deaths and nearly 238,000 confirmed cases of the virus, Spain is among Europe´s worst-hit nations.   Imported cases practically vanished after it closed its borders and locked down its population on March 14, but authorities will be closely monitoring for any resurgence when the tourism-dependent country reopens in July.   Situated on Spain's Mediterranean coast, Valencia is home to tourist resorts such as Benidorm and Alicante. It will move to phase 2 of a fo
Polish football supporters to return to stadiums from June 19 -PM
  • 05/29/2020 12:54 PM
WARSAW - Polish football supporters will be able to attend matches from June 19, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday, but only 25% of the capacity of stadiums will be used in order to prevent the coronavirus from spreading.   "The Polish Football Association and the Premier League have chosen the 19th, so it will be possible to prepare everything according to the correct procedures," Morawiecki said.
Kinneret Union tells Israelis to stop arriving as 35,000 crowd the beaches
  • 05/29/2020 12:33 PM
The Kinneret Urban Union announced on Friday afternoon that the 15 beaches which comprise the the Kinneret Union have all reached full capacity, with an estimated 35,000 people, crowding the area.   The Kinneret Association said in a statement said that the union "asked the public not to come."
Two nurses contract coronavirus at Hillel Yafe Hospital in Hadera
  • 05/29/2020 11:42 AM
Two nurses who work at Hillel Yafe Medical Center in Hadera were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus on Friday morning. 41 members of the hospital's staff have subsequently gone into isolation.
Thailand reports 11 new coronavirus cases, no new deaths
  • 05/29/2020 08:06 AM
BANGKOK - Thailand confirmed 11 new coronavirus cases on Friday and no new deaths, taking the number of infections to 3,076.   The new cases were all patients who had arrived from Kuwait and were in quarantine, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman for the government's Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration.   The coronavirus has killed 57 people in Thailand since it was first detected in January.
Netanyahu speaks with Brazilian President Bolsonaro on coronavirus crisis
  • 05/28/2020 01:41 PM
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on Wednesday night with Brazilian President on Jair Bolsonaro to show solidarity with the people of Brazil as the novel COVID-19 is raging on in the country. Netanyahu offered Bolsonaro cooperation with Brazilian industries in producing the medical equipment necessary. He also offered to organize a professional talk between experts on either end so as to combine experiences and learn more about how to deal with the pandemic. Bolsonaro in turn congratulated Netanyahu on forming a government and said that he expects to continue strengthening the connection betwee the two countries.
Coronavirus: Brazil's death toll passes 25,000, case total passes 411,000
  • 05/28/2020 01:43 AM
Brazil's death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 25,000 people on Wednesday, at 25,598, the Health Ministry said. Deaths from the disease caused by the coronavirus over the last 24 hours were 1,086. The number of cases rose by 20,599, reaching 411,821 confirmed cases of infection by the novel coronavirus, according to the ministry.
Salvadoran president takes same coronavirus treatment drug as Trump
  • 05/27/2020 06:26 AM
Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele said on Tuesday he takes hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial drug that U.S. President Donald Trump has promoted as a way to ward off the novel coronavirus, though experts have warned about its safety. Bukele told reporters that El Salvador was not promoting it anymore as a treatment, following the recommendation of the World Health Organization, though patients would still be able to take it as a preventative measure if they wished. "I use it as a prophylaxis, President Trump uses it as a prophylaxis, most of the world's leaders use it as a prophylaxis," Bukele said. Bukele's forceful response to the coronavirus, including moving to extend a national state of emergency without congressional app
IDF, Mossad end involvement with National Coronavirus Center
  • 05/26/2020 08:41 PM
IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi, Mossad Director Yossi Cohen, Health Ministry Director Moshe Bar Siman Tov and other officials attended an official ceremony on Tuesday marking the end of the IDF’s involvement with the National Coronavirus Control Center at Sheba Medical Center, IDF Spokesperson's Unit reported on Tuesday.   The press release stated that the IDF will continue to give all needed help to fight the coronavirus. Kochavi called all the people involved with the center “an amazing group."   The Mossad also marked its withdrawal from the center.   Cohen said that “we don’t have any medical expertise,” but said they he and his agents were able to bring “the spirit of the
Hebrew Ulpans to reopen for new olim on Sunday
  • 05/26/2020 01:56 PM
Hebrew Ulpans for new olim will reopen on Sunday after requests by the Minister of Aliyah and Integration Penina Tamano-Shata to Health Minister Yuli Edelstein and National Security Council head Meir ben Shabbat.   "It is inconceivable that educational institutions have already been operating for weeks and this ulpans have remained closed without any response to the oleh population that need them so much," said Tamano-Shata. "From my first day in office, I was contacted by many new olim who felt in deep distress because of the consequences of the coronavirus crisis. The language barrier among new olim brings many challenges that influence the acclimation in all aspects of life. The halting of Hebrew-language studies ha
Germany's confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 432 to 179,002 - RKI
  • 05/26/2020 05:53 AM
BERLIN - The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 432 to 179,002, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Tuesday.   The reported death toll rose by 45 to 8,302, the tally showed. 
Saudi Arabia to end curfew on June 21, except in Mecca
  • 05/26/2020 05:30 AM
CAIRO - Saudi Arabia will revise curfew times this week, and lift it entirely across the Kingdom with the exception of the holy city of Mecca starting June 21, state news agency reported in a statement early on Tuesday. Bans on domestic travel, holding prayers in mosques, and workplace attendance in both government and private sector will be lifted, starting May 31, the statement added. For Mecca, the curfew time will be adjusted to 3 p.m-6 a.m and prayers will be allowed to be held in mosques from June 21.
Syria lifts night-time coronavirus curfew starting Tuesday
  • 05/25/2020 11:44 PM
CAIRO  - Syria announced on Monday it will lift a night-time curfew, starting Tuesday evening, and will allow movement between governorates, state television said.   The government, which introduced a night-time curfew to curb the spread of the coronavirus, left the door open to the possibility of re-imposing a total curfew, depending on developments with the virus.
California opens places of worship, in-store retail businesses
  • 05/25/2020 11:17 PM
California retail with in-store shopping and places of worship that were closed under one of the most restrictive coronavirus containment rules in the United States may now open, health authorities announced on Monday.   The California Department of Public Health said that businesses and churches, synagogues, mosques can reopen at 25 percent occupancy capacity, and with other restrictions, as soon as each submits a plan to local health departments.
US CDC reports 1,637,456 coronavirus cases, 97,669 deaths
  • 05/25/2020 09:48 PM
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday reported 1,637,456 cases of the new coronavirus, an increase of 15,342 cases from its previous count, and said that the number of deaths had risen by 620 to 97,669.   The CDC reported its tally of cases of the respiratory illness known as COVID-19, caused by a new coronavirus, as of 4 pm ET on May 24 versus its previous report a day earlier.   The CDC figures do not necessarily reflect cases reported by individual states.
UAE coronavirus cases rise past 30,000
  • 05/25/2020 09:17 PM
 The number of coronavirus cases in the United Arab Emirates rosd past 30,000 on Monday, the health ministry said.   A ministry official reported 822 new cases, taking the cumulative total to 30,307. The death toll increased by three to 248. 
WHO: clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 patients paused
  • 05/26/2020 09:08 PM
The World Health Organization has suspended testing the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 patients due to safety concerns, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday.   Hydroxycholoroquine has been touted by Donald Trump and others as a possible treatment for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The US President has said he was taking the drug to help prevent infection.   "The executive group has implemented a temporary pause of the hydroxychloroquine arm within the Solidarity trial while the safety data is reviewed by the data safety monitoring board," Tedros told an online briefing.   He said the other arms of the trial - a major international initiative to hold clinical
Italy reports 92 coronavirus deaths on Monday, just 300 new infections
  • 05/25/2020 07:07 PM
Deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy climbed by 92 on Monday, against 50 the day before, the Civil Protection Agency said, while the daily tally of new cases dropped to just 300 from 531 on Sunday.   Sunday's daily death toll did not include fatalities from the worst-affected Lombardy region, due to technical problems.   It was not immediately clear if Lombardy's deaths from Sunday had been added on Monday, when the region reported 34 new fatalities.   Italy's total death toll since the outbreak came to light on Feb. 21 now stands at 32,877, the agency said, the third highest in the world after those of the United States and Britain.   The number of confirmed cases amounts to 230,158, the sixth highest glob
Canada's total confirmed coronavirus cases and death toll rises
  • 05/25/2020 06:20 PM
Canada's total confirmed coronavirus cases rise to 85,103 from 84,081 on May 24.   6,453 deaths, up from 6,380 - Public Health Agency Data. 
Spain reports 50 coronavirus deaths, total at 26,834
  • 05/25/2020 06:15 PM
Spain's Health Ministry reported 50 new deaths from the coronavirus on Monday, marking nine straight days that the daily death toll has been below 100.   Cumulative deaths from the virus reached 26,834 in the hard-hit country, while 132 new cases were diagnosed, bringing the total number of cases up to 235,400, the ministry said.   The ministry advised that it was validating some cases, potentially leading to discrepancies with the previous days' figures.
Coronavirus death toll in Sweden tops 4,000
  • 05/25/2020 03:20 PM
The death toll from the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Sweden has topped 4,000, statistics published by the Public Health Agency showed on Monday.   The data published on the agency's website showed that deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, had risen to 4,029 from 3,998 a day earlier while the number of confirmed cases amounted to 33,843 up from 33,459.   Sweden has taken a soft-touch approach to fighting the virus, leaving most schools, shops and restaurants open and relying on voluntary measures focused on social distancing and good hygiene.   Accumulated deaths in the pandemic in Sweden have been many times higher relative to the size of the population than in its Nordic neighbours,
Ben-Gurion airport expected to remain largely inactive until mid-July
  • 05/25/2020 11:29 AM
Ben-Gurion Airport is expected to remain largely inactive until mid-July, with only a few flights expected to begin by the end of June, Managing Director of Ben-Gurion Airport Shmuel Zakai told Ynet on Monday.   Israeli officials remain wary of reopening the airport amid fears that increased travel could cause another coronavirus outbreak.
UK PM's adviser has been reported to police over lockdown journey
  • 05/24/2020 10:26 PM
LONDON  - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's aide Dominic Cummings, who is under pressure over a long journey made while coronavirus restrictions were in place, has been reported to police over an alleged breach of the lockdown, the Daily Mirror said.   A spokesman at Johnson's Downing Street did not offer an immediate comment when contacted by Reuters. Durham police could not immediately be reached for comment.
French coronavirus cases see lowest 24-hour increase since early March
  • 05/24/2020 09:37 PM
PARIS - The number of confirmed new coronavirus infections in France increased by 115, or 0.1%, to 144,921 on Sunday, the lowest daily increase since the country went into lockdown on March 17, the health ministry said in a statement.   But the number of patients in hospital with COVID-19 increased slightly by seven to 17,185 after falling every day without interruption since April 15.   A health ministry official said that because of the long Ascension weekend in France hospitals were slower in reporting their data and people were also staying in hospital slightly longer.
Spain’s coronavirus death toll climbs by 70 on Sunday
  • 05/24/2020 06:04 PM
MADRID - Spain's overnight coronavirus death toll rose by 70 on Sunday to a total of 28,752, the health ministry said.   The number of diagnosed cases rose to 235,772 from 235,290.
Baruch Padeh Medical Center closes coronavirus department
  • 05/24/2020 05:22 PM
The Baruch Padeh Medical Center near Tiberias closed its coronavirus department on Sunday after its last patient, a foreign worker from Eritrea named Thomas, recovered and was discharged, Walla reported.     The coronavirus department had been active for two and a half months.  
US CDC reports total of 1,595,885 coronavirus cases, 96,002 deaths
  • 05/23/2020 09:22 PM
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Saturday reported 1,595,885 cases of the new coronavirus, an increase of 24,268 cases from its previous count, and said the number of deaths had risen by 1,852 to 96,002.   The CDC reported its tally of cases of the respiratory illness known as COVID-19, caused by the new coronavirus, as of 4 p.m. ET on May 22, compared with its count a day earlier.   The CDC figures do not necessarily reflect cases reported by individual states.
Number of COVID-19 patients in France continues to decrease
  • 05/23/2020 09:04 PM
The number of people in hospital with coronavirus in France fell by 205 to 17,178 on Saturday, continuing a gradual decline that has lasted more than five weeks since a high of 32,292 on April 14.   The number of people in intensive care fell by 36 or 2.1% to 1,665.   France did not publish a revised number of deaths on Saturday and said the COVID-19 toll will be updated on Monday. As of Thursday, a total of 28,215 people had died from the virus. 
Anti-coronavirus-lockdown protesters arrested in Berlin
  • 05/23/2020 07:07 PM
 Police arrested about 60 protesters on Saturday as part of city-wide demonstrations against restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, German newspaper Tagesspiegel reported.   The protesters had violated official guidelines to keep the virus contained, and some had attacked police officials, the newspaper said, citing a police spokesman.   Two police officers were slightly injured, the paper added.   Berlin police were not immediately available to comment.   Protests against the measures Chancellor Angela Merkel insists are needed to slow down the coronavirus outbreak have become more vocal and demonstrators have filled the streets of the German capital for the third weekend in a row.   The numbe
Italy's coronavirus death toll dips, new cases steady
  • 05/23/2020 07:04 PM
 Italy recorded 119 new deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic on Saturday against 130 the day before, the Civil Protection Agency said, while the daily tally of new cases rose marginally to 669 from 652 on Friday.   The total death toll since the outbreak came to light on Feb. 21 now stands at 32,735, the agency said, the third highest in the world after those of the United States and Britain.   The Civil Protection Agency said the total number of confirmed cases in Italy since the start of its outbreak now amounts to 229,327, the sixth highest global tally behind those of the United States, Russia, Spain, Britain and Brazil.   People registered as currently carrying the illness dipped to 57,752 on Saturday from 59,322
UK COVID-19 death toll rises 282 to 36,675
  • 05/23/2020 06:15 PM
The United Kingdom's death toll from confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose by 282 to 36,675, the government said.   "Tragically, 36,675 people have now died," Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told reporters at a Downing Street briefing. The government publishes the death toll based on those who definitely had COVID-19; broader figures based on suspected COVID-19 deaths give a bigger toll. 
China's Wuhan says conducted 1,470,950 COVID-19 tests on Friday
  • 05/23/2020 03:04 PM
  The city of Wuhan, the original epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in China, conducted 1,470,950 nucleic acid tests for the virus on Friday, the local health authority said on Saturday, compared with 1,000,729 tests the previous day. Wuhan kicked off a campaign on May 14 to look for asymptomatic carriers - infected people who show no outward sign of illness - after confirming on May 9-10 its first cluster of COVID-19 infections since its lockdown was lifted on April 8. 
Kinneret: Four beaches closed due to overcrowding
  • 05/23/2020 01:47 PM
The Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) Authority said that ten thousand vacationers visited the Kinneret on Saturday, and since Friday there have been more than 30,000 visitors on the sea's beaches.    The Kinneret Authority also reported that the beaches of Lebanon, Tsinbari, Shikmim and Amnon Bay are at full capacity, and will close and open alternately in accordance with the "purple badge" occupancy and guidelines set by the Health Ministry.
Russia reports 9,434 new coronavirus infections
  • 05/23/2020 10:44 AM
MOSCOW  -  Russia said on Saturday that 9,434 new cases of the novel coronavirus had been reported in the last 24 hours, pushing its nationwide tally to 335,882.   The country's coronavirus crisis response centre reported 139 new fatalities after a record of 150 deaths the day before, bringing the death toll to 3,388.
Singapore's health ministry confirms 642 more coronavirus cases
  • 05/23/2020 10:23 AM
Singapore's health ministry said on Saturday it had confirmed 642 more coronavirus cases, taking its tally of infections to 31,068.   The vast majority of the newly infected people are migrant workers living in dormitories, the ministry said in a statement. Six are permanent residents.
Thailand reports three new coronavirus cases, no new deaths
  • 05/23/2020 07:57 AM
BANGKOK - Thailand on Saturday reported three new coronavirus cases and no new deaths, bringing the country's total to 3,040 confirmed cases and 56 fatalities since the outbreak started in January.   The new cases are two Thai nationals recently returned from overseas and under quarantine and a 49-year-old Italian man living in Phuket, said Panprapa Yongtrakul, a spokeswoman for the government's coronavirus task force.   There are 2,916 patients who have recovered and returned home since the outbreak started, Panprapa said. 
Germany's confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 638 to 177,850 - RKI
  • 05/23/2020 07:29 AM
BERLIN - The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 638 to 177,850, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Saturday.   The reported death toll rose by 42 to 8,216, the tally showed var theUrl = document.URL;var theUrlArray = theUrl.split("//");var theUrlpre = theUrlArray[1];var theUrlpostArray = theUrlpre.split("/");var theUrlpost = theUrlpostArray[0];(function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){(i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o),m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m)})(window,document,'script','//','ga');ga('create', 'UA-
US to exempt foreign athletes from coronavirus-related entry bans
  • 05/23/2020 06:14 AM
The United States will exempt some foreign athletes who compete in professional sporting events in the United States from entry bans imposed because of the novel coronavirus epidemic, acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf said on Friday. "In today’s environment, Americans need their sports. It’s time to reopen the economy and it’s time we get our professional athletes back to work," Wolf said in a statement issued by the department announcing he had signed an order for the exemption.
Mexico reports another single-day record for coronavirus deaths
  • 05/23/2020 04:25 AM
Mexico on Friday registered a record for coronavirus deaths on a single day, posting 479 more deaths along with 2,960 new infections, according to data from the health ministry. Authorities have now reported 62,527 total cases of the coronavirus and 6,989 deaths since detecting the first cases in Mexico in late February. The previous peak in fatalities was May 20, when authorities reported 424 deaths.
US Justice Dep. backs lawsuit challenging Illinois coronavirus restrictions
  • 05/23/2020 01:29 AM
The Trump administration on Friday weighed in on a legal challenge brought against Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker's coronavirus stay-at-home orders, filing a statement of interest in federal court in support of the lawsuit. The US Justice Department filing raised objections to the Democratic governor's action on Thursday removing the case against him from state court, where it was filed by Republican state Representative Darren Bailey, to a federal court.
Mosques in Saudi Arabia, UAE to stay closed for Eid
  • 05/22/2020 02:32 PM
Mosques will remain closed for prayers on the Eid Al-Fitr festival, Saudi and United Arab Emirates officials said on Friday, calling on the population to adhere to safety guidelines to avoid the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Eid, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, may fall on Saturday or Sunday in the Gulf region. Saudi Islamic Affairs Minister Abdullatif al-Sheikh gave instructions not to have Eid prayers in mosques, Saudi state TV quoted him as saying. "Muslims will hold the Eid prayer at home because of the pandemic," the Saudi Press Agency cited Sheikh Abdul Bari al-Thubaiti, the imam, or the prayer leader, of the Prophet's Mosque in Medina, as saying in the Friday sermon. During Ramadan, pray
UN: As COVID-19 spreads, Yemen's health system has 'in effect collapsed'
  • 05/22/2020 12:41 PM
Coronavirus is believed to be spreading throughout Yemen, where the health care system "has in effect collapsed", the United Nations said on Friday, appealing for urgent funding. Referring to aid agencies, Jens Laerke, spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) told a Geneva briefing: "We hear from many of them that Yemen is really on the brink right now. The situation is extremely alarming, they are talking about that the health system has in effect collapsed." "They are talking about having to turn people away because they do not have enough (medical) oxygen, they do not have enough personal protective equipment," he said. Yemen authorities have reported 184 cases inclu
UK to set out coronavirus quarantine measures for international arrivals
  • 05/22/2020 10:52 AM
The United Kingdom will later on Friday spell out details of its plans for a COVID-19 quarantine for travelers arriving from overseas, a measure that airlines have warned will devastate their industry. The government is expected to announce that all international arrivals, including returning Britons, will be required to self-isolate for 14 days and provide details of where they will be staying to the authorities. The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported that those who breached the quarantine would be fined 1,000 pounds with health and border officials carrying out spot checks. "I can't say just yet how long this quarantine will last for," Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis told BBC TV. "It is something we will be revi
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