Coronavirus Live Updates

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is spreading around the world, including in Israel. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties, but the virus can be fatal. To help maintain the virus, Israel has implemented a number of restrictions on the public.

Coronavirus: Mexico hits 733,717 cases, 76,603 deaths
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/29/2020 03:14 AM
Mexico's confirmed coronavirus cases rose to 733,717 on Monday, according to updated data from the health ministry, along with a total reported death toll of 76,603. Authorities reported 3,400 new cases along with 173 deaths on Monday, but the true figures are likely significantly higher due to little testing.
Police disperse Nazareth gathering for violating coronavirus restrictions
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 09/29/2020 01:15 AM
Dozens of people who participated in a birthday party on Tuesday in Nazareth were dispersed by police after failing to keep up with the coronavirus restrictions, Ynet reported.  Police also confiscated two weapons during the incident.  
Fauci: Coronavirus task force member could be misleading Trump - report
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/29/2020 12:37 AM
The top US infectious diseases expert, Anthony Fauci, said on Monday he was concerned that White House coronavirus task force member Scott Atlas was at times providing misleading or incorrect information on the pandemic to President Donald Trump, CNN reported. "Well yeah, I'm concerned that sometimes things are said that are really taken either out of context or actually incorrect," Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said when asked by CNN if he was worried Atlas was sharing misleading information.
Coronavirus: Brazil records 13,155 new cases, 317 deaths
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/29/2020 12:19 AM
Brazil recorded 13,155 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, and 317 deaths from the disease, the Health Ministry said on Monday. Brazil has registered more than 4.7 million cases of the virus since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 142,058, according to ministry data.
Mike Pence: Expect US coronavirus cases to rise in days ahead
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/28/2020 11:10 PM
Americans should expect a rise in coronavirus cases in  the days ahead, Vice President Mike Pence stated. The reason for this is due to expanded coronavirus testing efforts. This is a developing story.
WHO: Official COVID-19 death toll probably underestimates true total
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/28/2020 08:05 PM
 The official global toll of deaths from COVID-19 probably underestimates the true total - suggesting it could be over a million already, a World Health Organization official said on Monday.   "If anything, the numbers currently reported probably represent an underestimate of those individuals who have either contracted COVID-19 or died as a cause of it," Mike Ryan, the WHO's top emergencies expert, told a briefing in Geneva.   "When you count anything, you can't count it perfectly but I can assure you that the current numbers are likely an underestimate of the true toll of COVID," he said. 
Minnesota, Montana and South Dakota report record rises in COVID cases
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/26/2020 10:35 PM
Minnesota, Montana and South Dakota reported record one-day increases in COVID-19 cases on Saturday as infections rise nationally for a second week in a row, according to a Reuters analysis.   Minnesota reported 1,418 new cases, Montana 343 new cases and South Dakota reported 579.   In the last week, seven mostly Midwest states have reported record one-day rises in new infections -- Minnesota, Montana, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Minnesota and Utah reported record increases two days in a row.   The United States recorded 58,461 new cases on Friday, the highest one-day increase since Aug. 7. The United States is reporting nearly 46,000 new infections on average each day, compared with 40,000 a week
Israeli vocalist Shlomi Shabat diagnosed with coronavirus
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 09/26/2020 01:57 PM
Famed Israel vocalist, Shlomi Shabat, announced that he was diagnosed positively with the novel coronavirus on Saturday, Israeli media reported.  His manager said that he is "feeling good, and is at home resting."
Brazil reports 32,817 new coronavirus cases, 831 deaths
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/25/2020 12:26 AM
Brazil recorded 32,817 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, and 831 deaths from the disease, the Health Ministry said on Thursday. South America's largest country has registered more than 4.6 million cases of the virus since the pandemic began, according to ministry data, ranking it as the third worst outbreak in the world after the United States and India. Nearly 140,000 people have died of the disease in Brazil, which ranks second after the United States in coronavirus deaths.
UK records 6,634 new COVID-19 cases, up from 6,178
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/24/2020 07:39 PM
Britain recorded 6,634 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, government health body Public Health England (PHE) said on Twitter, up from 6,178 on Wednesday. PHE also said there had been 40 new deaths, up from 37 the day before.
Coronavirus in Israel: 6,883 diagnosed, 7 dead
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 09/24/2020 07:28 PM
The Health Ministry reported 6,883 people diagnosed with coronavirus in Israel in the since midnight, with seven new deaths. There are currently 59,842 currently sick in Israel. Of those, 685 are in serious condition, and 175 are intubated. Overall, 209,635 people have been diagnosed in Israel with the coronavirus, and there have been a total of 1,376 deaths.
France reports over 1,000 people in ICU due to coronavirus
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/24/2020 03:35 PM
Brazil reports 33,281 new coronavirus cases, 869 deaths
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/24/2020 01:24 AM
Brazil recorded 33,281 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, as well as 869 deaths from the disease, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.   Brazil has registered more than 4.6 million cases of the virus since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 138,977, according to ministry data. 
Coronavirus: Brazil records 33,536 new cases, 836 deaths
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/23/2020 01:23 AM
Brazil recorded 33,536 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, as well as 836 deaths from the disease, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday. Brazil has registered more than 4.59 million cases of the virus since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 138,108, according to ministry data.
Chief Justice Hayut quarantined after aide diagnosed with coronavirus
  • By YONAH JEREMY BOB
  • 09/21/2020 10:30 PM
 High Court President Esther Hayut as well as multiple members of her senior staff have entered quarantine as of Monday night due to one senior aide being infected with coronavirus.   Hayut currently has no symptoms and the quarantine decision was taken as a precaution according to Health Ministry guidelines.   The quarantine is expected to last until next Wednesday and it is still unknown how this will impact the court's schedule.  
Coronavirus in Israel: 2,567 test positive, nine dead
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 09/21/2020 08:28 PM
Some 2,567 people tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Monday, according to the Health Ministry. In addition, another nine people passed away due to the virus, raising the total death count due to the virus to 1,272.
Coronavirus in the IDF: 716 sick with coronavirus, over 12,000 quarantined
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 09/21/2020 07:31 PM
There are currently 716 IDF staff members, including active duty soldiers, reserves, and civilians employees, diagnosed with the coronavirus, all of whom are in light condition.    In addition, 12,074 IDF staff members are quarantining. 
Nine Palestinians die from coronavirus in past day, 611 new cases
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 09/21/2020 04:22 PM
Nine Palestinians have died from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, and 611 new cases were diagnosed, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA on Monday afternoon.    Of the nine deaths, six people passed away in east Jerusalem, while three occurred in the West Bank, the Palestinian Health Minister Mai Alkaila stated on Monday.    She added that 34 patients are currently in serious condition and eight are intubated.    Among the newly diagnosed cases, 146 were in east Jerusalem, where 240 recoveries were also reported. Meanwhile, Hebron reported 151 cases and 211 recoveries. Ramallah reported 105 new cases, and Gaza reported 42 new cases and 37 recoveries.   
Coronavirus in Gaza: 17 dead so far, 42 new cases in the last 24 hours,
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 09/21/2020 12:51 PM
In the Gaza Strip on Monday, 42 new coronavirus cases have been reported in the last 24 hours, while 37 people recovered, according to an IDF report. So far, a total of 2,400 coronavirus cases have been reported in the Gaza Strip, with 17 dead.
Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 30.78 million, death toll at 954,843
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/20/2020 07:25 PM
 More than 30.78 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 954,843​ have died, according to a Reuters tally.     Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.
US CDC reports 198,099 deaths from coronavirus
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/19/2020 09:55 PM
 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Saturday reported 6,706,374 cases of the new coronavirus, an increase of 49,575 cases from its previous count, and said the number of deaths had risen by 983 to 198,099.   The CDC's tally of cases of the respiratory illness known as COVID-19, caused by the new coronavirus, was as of 4 p.m. ET on Sept. 18 versus its previous report a day earlier.    The CDC figures do not necessarily reflect cases reported by individual states. 
Three coronavirus patients die at Galilee Medical Center
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 09/19/2020 04:35 PM
Three coronavirus patients died within a few hours of each other at the Galilee Medical Center near Nahariya on Saturday.   The deceased include a 75-year-old man from Yarka, and two residents of Karmiel, a 74-year-old man and 88-year-old woman.   Some 75 coronavirus patients are currently hospitalized in the medical center's three coronavirus departments, 33 of whom are in critical condition, 25 in moderate condition and the rest are in light condition.    
Iran's coronavirus death toll climbs above 24,000
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/19/2020 12:58 PM
Iran's coronavirus death toll has risen by 166 to 24,118, a health ministry spokeswoman told state TV on Saturday.   The total number of identified cases spiked by 2,845 in the last 24 hours to 419,043 in Iran, one of the Middle East's worst-hit countries, spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari was quoted as saying. 
Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 30.35 million, death toll at 947,400
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/19/2020 07:29 AM
More than 30.35 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 947,400​ have died, according to a Reuters tally. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.
Coronavirus in Israel: 1,169 dead, 149 intubated
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 09/17/2020 10:30 PM
The Health Ministry reported that Israel's coronavirus death toll rose to 1,169 and the number of intubated patients grew to 149. The number of active cases rose by 2,702, bringing the country's total to 47,758.
Mexico reports 4,444 new coronavirus cases, 300 deaths
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/17/2020 04:31 AM
MEXICO CITY  - Mexico confirmed an additional 4,444 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country and 300 more deaths on Wednesday, bringing the totals to 680,931 cases and 71,978 deaths.   The government has said that the actual number of cases is likely higher. 
Australia's Victoria reports lowest COVID-19 cases since June
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/17/2020 02:51 AM
SYDNEY  - Australia's Victoria state said the daily rise in coronavirus infections eased further on Thursday, as the state began relaxing most restrictions outside its largest city of Melbourne after a steady drop in cases in recent days.   Residents in regional areas of the state can now have outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people, and cafes will be able to seat up to 50 people outside.   Victoria, Australia's second-most populous state, reported 28 new cases on Thursday, the lowest daily rise since June 24 and down from daily highs above 700 in early August.   The southeastern state, at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak in the country, reported eight deaths from the virus in the last 24 hours, the same as rep
Trump says staffer tested positive for COVID-19 but was 'not near' him
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/17/2020 02:07 AM
WASHINGTON  - US President Donald Trump on Wednesday said a White House staffer tested positive for COVID-19 but the individual was not "near" him or "associated with" him.   "It was not anybody that was near me," Trump said at a press conference.   "It was one person," Trump added. "It was not a person that I was associated with."   The press briefing came one day after Trump met with three world leaders at the White House to sign a Middle East peace accord.   Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the foreign ministers of both Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were present to signed agreements to establish formal ties with Israel, becoming t
Thousands of nursing students complete exams and receive their licenses
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 09/16/2020 05:12 PM
Some 2,500 nurses completed their training and received their licenses on Wednesday. Head of the Health Ministry's Nursing Administration, Dr. Shoshi Goldberg, announced that the 2,500 graduates will be joining medical teams across Israel in the next few weeks. Health Minister Yuli Edelstein congratulated the new nurses, saying that they are "a meaningful addition to our efforts in handling the coronavirus pandemic."
Coronavirus in Israel reaches new daily record with 5,523 new cases
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 09/16/2020 09:00 AM
Coronavirus in Israel reached a new high throughout the past day, the Health Ministry announced on Wednesday morning, as 5,523 people tested positive. One in every 10 people who were tested for COVID-19 came back positive.
Brazil registers 1,113 coronavirus deaths, highest toll in two weeks
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/16/2020 02:10 AM
Brazil on Tuesday registered 1,113 new coronavirus deaths, the health ministry said, the highest number since Sept 2. Deaths now total 133,119. Cases rose by 36,653 to 4,382,263. 
Galilee Medical Center reopens for new coronavirus patients
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 09/17/2020 08:20 AM
In accordance with the Health Ministry, the director of the Galilee Medical Center announced on Tuesday that the hospital will resume admitting new coronavirus patients after a temporary halt.    Hospital director-general Prof. Masad Barhoum said, "We still have difficulties with receiving patients in severe condition who are in need of intubation because we are understaffed. We will continue to assess the situation in the morning and in the evening, in order to get a better picture of how many coronavirus patients we have and how we can treat them."    The sudden reversal of the decision was possibly due to the recovery of several patients who were later discharged from the hospital and the return of
Coronavirus in Israel: 3,182 new cases, 529 in serious condition
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 09/14/2020 01:03 PM
Some 3,182 new cases of the coronavirus were reported on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases since the beginning of the outbreak to 156,823, according to a mid-day update by the Health Ministry on Monday.   Of the total now infected, 529 patients are in serious condition, with 135 on ventilators. The death toll rose to 1,126 overnight.
Two dead, nine residents sick from coronavirus at northern nursing home
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 09/12/2020 02:14 PM
Two elderly people died after the succumbing to the novel coronavirus at a nursing home in the north of Israel, Ynet reported on Saturday.    The two elderly people died at the nursing home Beit HaZayit at Kibbutz Shomrat located in the Galil region of Israel.    Nine other residents, in addition to staff members, have also been infected with the coronavirus, according to Ynet.
Iran’s coronavirus death toll surpasses 23,000
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/12/2020 01:07 PM
 Iran’s coronavirus death toll rose by 116 to 23,029, a health ministry spokeswoman told state TV on Saturday.   The total number of identified cases spiked by 2,139 in the last 24 hours to 399,940 in one of the Middle East's worst-hit countries, Sima Sadat Lari was quoted as saying.
Russia reports 5,488 new coronavirus cases, 119 deaths
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/12/2020 11:30 AM
Russia reported 5,488 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing the tally to 1,057,362, the fourth largest in the world.   Authorities said 119 people had died in the past 24 hours, pushing official total fatalities to 18,484.
Spanish princess quarantined after classmate diagnosed with COVID-19
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/12/2020 10:54 AM
 Princess Leonor, the heir to the Spanish throne, has gone into quarantine after a classmate at her school tested positive for COVID-19, the royal household said on Saturday.   The 14-year-old daughter of King Felipe will be tested for coronavirus like other pupils in her class at the Santa María de los Rosales school in Madrid.   The king and Queen Letizia will continue their royal duties for the moment, a spokesman for the royal household said, as Spain struggles to control a surge in coronavirus cases.   Eight million Spanish children returned to school last week but some have closed or classes been sent home after pupils tested positive for COVID-19, while authorities in Galicia delayed the start of term
Germany's confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 1,630 to 258,480- RKI
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/12/2020 07:12 AM
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 1,630 to 258,480, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Saturday.   The death toll rose by five to 9,347, the tally showed. 
Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 28.33 million, death toll at 910,299
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/12/2020 07:06 AM
 More than 28.33 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 910,299​ have died, according to a Reuters tally.
India reports record daily jump of nearly 100,000 coronavirus cases
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/11/2020 07:52 AM
India reported another record daily jump of 96,551 coronavirus cases on Friday, taking its case load to 4.5 million, data from the federal health ministry showed.   Infections are growing faster in India than anywhere else in the world and the United States is the only nation worse affected.   Deaths have remained relatively low in the country, but are seeing an upward trend, with more than one thousand deaths being reported every day for the last ten days.   On Friday, 1,209 people died from COVID-19, the ministry said, taking total mortalities to 76,271.
Zichron Ya'acov school closed after staff diagnosed with coronavirus
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 09/11/2020 07:12 AM
A school in Zichron Ya'acov, named Nili, shut down on Friday after a teacher was diagnosed with the coronavirus, Israel Hayom reported. The teacher was not the first to be diagnosed with the virus, and the multiple diagnoses caused the school to close.
Jordan finds three coronavirus cases in largest Syrian refugee camp
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/10/2020 05:32 PM
Jordan on Thursday confirmed the first three coronavirus cases in the country's largest camp for Syrian refugees, just a few days after discovering two cases in a smaller camp. Two of the cases in the Zaatari camp were Jordanians who worked there and the third was a Syrian woman refugee, state-owned Mamlaka TV broadcaster quoted the governor of Mafraq area, Yasser al Adwan, as saying. The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said in a statement the infected refugee had been sent an isolation area and contacts were being traced. The camp hosts nearly 77,000 Syrians. The UNHCR confirmed on Tuesday the first two cases of coronavirus among Syrians in the smaller Azraq camp since the pandemic was first reported in the kingdom. There have been
Rambam hospital D-G Halberthal: We have to impose a nationwide curfew
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 09/10/2020 03:59 PM
Dr. Michael (Miki) Halberthal, Director-General of the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa called on state officials to impose a nationwide curfew during a cabinet meeting, according to Walla! News. "We have to restart the system," said the Director General. Earlier on Thursday, the coronavirus commissioner Professor Roni Gamzu said that "many hospitals report that they are in dire condition. We are getting closer to being overrun."
Head of Ukraine's armed forces tests positive for coronavirus
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/10/2020 03:14 PM
The commander of Ukraine's armed forces, Colonel-General Ruslan Homchak, has tested positive for COVID-19 and will spend 14 days in isolation, the country's military said on Thursday. Ukraine has reported high COVID infection levels in recent weeks. The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now exceeds 145,000, including more than 3,000 deaths.
British firm develops 20-second coronavirus test
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/10/2020 04:03 PM
British start-up company iAbra said it has developed a 20-second saliva COVID-19 test which had 99.8% sensitivity and 96.7% specificity. Trials of the "Virolens" test have taken place at Heathrow Airport, according to the company, which was founded in 2010. "Our system allows simple, high speed, reliable and low-cost testing in dynamic environments," Greg Compton, CEO of iAbra, added in a statement.
WHO: World must scale up clinical trials to address coronavirus
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/10/2020 02:29 PM
The head of the World Health Organization urged countries on Thursday to contribute resources that can expedite products which may help stem the coronavirus pandemic. The WHO's ACT-Accelerator program already supports research into potential vaccines, drugs and diagnostics, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told an online event. "But we need to rapidly scale up our clinical trials, manufacturing, licensing and regulation capacity so that these products can get to people and start saving lives," he said.
UK extradition hearing of WikiLeaks's Assange postponed for COVID-19 fears
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/10/2020 04:07 PM
The London extradition hearing for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was postponed on Thursday because of concern that one of the lawyers involved might have been exposed to COVID-19. Assange is fighting extradition to the United States where he is wanted for conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage law over the release of confidential cables by WikiLeaks in 2010-2011. Judge Vanessa Baraitser adjourned the case until Monday after being told one of the lawyers representing the United States might have been exposed to the virus. The lawyer was being tested on Thursday with the result due on Friday, she said. "At the moment we would respectfully submit we have to go ahead on the assumption that she has COVID,&q
AstraZeneca to know if vaccine works by year's end if trials resume
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/10/2020 12:05 PM
AstraZeneca's chief executive Pascal Soriot said on Thursday that it should know before the end of the year whether its experimental vaccine would protect people from COVID-19, if the British drugmaker is allowed to resume trials which were paused this week. It suspended the late-stage trials after an illness in a study subject in Britain. The patient was reportedly suffering from neurological symptoms associated with a rare spinal inflammatory disorder called transverse myelitis. Soriot said during a call on the vaccine, which the World Health Organization (WHO) has flagged as the most promising in combating coronavirus, that it was very common for a trial to be suspended, the difference being that the world was watching. The CEO said A
Coronavirus in Israel: 3,904 infections in the last day
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 09/10/2020 08:56 AM
An additional 3,904 people tested positive for coronavirus in the past day, the Health Ministry announced on Thursday morning. No new deaths due to coronavirus occurred throughout the night.
Mexico reports 4,647 new coronavirus cases, 611 deaths
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/10/2020 03:24 AM
Mexico reported 4,647 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 611 additional fatalities on Wednesday, bringing its totals to 647,507 infections and 69,095 deaths, according to updated health ministry data. The government has said the real number of infected people is likely to be significantly higher than the confirmed cases.
AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine trials could resume next week – report
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/09/2020 06:28 PM
British drugmaker AstraZeneca Plc could resume trials for its experimental coronavirus vaccine next week, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing people associated with the trials. The London-listed firm had to pause global trials of its potential vaccine for COVID-19 after an unexplained illness in a participant, which sent its shares lower as the move was seen as dimming prospects for an early rollout. AstraZeneca did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
WHO: Safety is paramount in vaccine trials, suspensions 'not unusual'
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/09/2020 03:46 PM
Safety is paramount in vaccine clinical trials and temporary suspensions are not unusual to evaluate any unexplained illness in a participant, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday regarding the pause in an AstraZeneca COVID-19 trial. AstraZeneca has suspended global trials of its experimental coronavirus vaccine after an unexplained illness in a participant, knocking the British drugmaker's shares on Wednesday as prospects for an early rollout dimmed. "We are pleased to see vaccine developers assuring the scientific integrity of the trials and abiding by the standard guidelines and rules for the development of vaccines," the WHO said by email in response to a Reuters query. The WHO recommended "strict adher
Deputy Education Minister attends wedding despite COVID-19 restrictions
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 09/09/2020 11:36 AM
Deputy Education Minister Meir Porush (United Torah Judaism) attended a wedding with hundreds of guests against coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday, according to N12. Porush’s office responded saying that the deputy minister attended the wedding “for only a few minutes,” and that he “calls on the public to behave and follow directives from health authorities.”
Yesh Atid MK, 120 health professionals demand coronavirus deaths recount
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 09/09/2020 11:37 AM
Coronavirus Committee member MK Yoel Razbozov and 120 medical professionals have addressed a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein and coronavirus commissioner Prof. Ronni Gamzu demanding a recount of coronavirus deaths. The letter states that the cause of death for any person who died in the hospital after testing positive for coronavirus was listed as coronavirus regardless of other medical circumstances. In light of this, the medical professionals cast doubt on the accuracy of coronavirus death statistics and demanded the numbers be rechecked.
Coronavirus in Israel: 3,496 test positive in past day, no new dead
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 09/09/2020 07:57 AM
Some 3,496 people tested positive for the novel coronavirus throughout the past day, according to the Health Ministry on Wednesday morning. No one died between Tuesday night at midnight and Wednesday morning.
Mexico reports total of 642,860 coronavirus cases, 68,484 deaths
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/09/2020 03:12 AM
Mexico reported 5,351 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 703 additional fatalities on Tuesday, bringing its totals to 642,860 infections and 68,484 deaths, according to updated health ministry data.   The government has said the real number of infected people is likely to be significantly higher than the confirmed cases.
Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 27.47 million, death toll at 893,290
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/09/2020 01:14 AM
More than 27.47 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 893,290​ have died, according to a Reuters tally. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.
Brazil reports 14,279 new coronavirus cases, 504 deaths
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/09/2020 12:56 AM
Brazil recorded 14,279 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, as well as 504 deaths from the disease, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.   Brazil has registered more than 4.1 million cases of the virus since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 127,464, according to ministry data.
Jordan confirms two COVID-19 cases in a Syrian refugee camp
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/09/2020 12:05 AM
Jordanian authorities confirmed the first two cases of coronavirus in a refugee camp hosting Syrian refugees since the pandemic was first reported in the kingdom, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday.   The two Syrians who were transferred to an isolation site tested positive during random testing done by Jordanian health authorities in the Azraq camp, said Rula Amin, UNHCR spokeswoman for the Middle East and North Africa.   There have been several other infections of Syrian refugees living outside the camps, among around 2,500 cases in Jordan since the first was reported on March 2, Amin said.   Most of the 655,000 United Nations-registered Syrian refugees live in urban centres.   A majority of Syrian refugees
Coronavirus commissioner Ronni Gamzu enters self-isolation
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 09/08/2020 07:31 PM
Coronavirus commissioner Prof. Roni Gamzu entered self-isolation on Tuesday after one of his staff members tested positive for the virus.     Gamzu will continue to oversee efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus while remaining in isolation. 
Coronavirus: Mexico records 3,486 new cases, 223 deaths
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/08/2020 03:18 AM
Mexico reported 3,486 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 223 additional fatalities on Monday, bringing its totals to 637,509 infections and 67,781 deaths, according to updated health ministry data. The government has said the real number of infected people is likely to be significantly higher than the confirmed cases.
Coronavirus: Argentina's death toll passes 10,000
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/08/2020 02:28 AM
Argentina's coronavirus death toll surpassed 10,000 on Monday, the government said, as the South American nation struggles to bring its infection rate under control. There have been 10,129 deaths, with 488,007 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to government data. Almost half of coronavirus tests are yielding a positive result. Argentina has been under lockdown since March 20, though cases have spiked in recent weeks. Some areas of the country, including capital Buenos Aires, remain under varying levels of quarantine, though some activities, like exercise and outdoor restaurant dining, recently resumed.
Coronavirus: Egypt's case total hits 100,041, deaths at 5,541
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/08/2020 01:06 AM
Egypt's total recorded coronavirus cases hit 100,041 on Monday, the health ministry said in a statement. The total death toll from the disease reached 5,541, with 79,008 recoveries, the health ministry added.
Coronavirus in Israel: 2,234 new cases, six dead
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 09/07/2020 07:59 PM
Some 2,234 people have tested positive for coronavirus over the past day, the Health Ministry announced on Monday evening. In addition, a total of six people passed away due to the virus since midnight.
Bnei Brak: Schools to continue Tuesday as restriction deliberations continue
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 09/07/2020 05:18 PM
The Bnei Brak municipality announced on Monday afternoon that schools will operate as usual on Tuesday due to the government's delay in deciding on coronavirus restrictions.
Coronavirus in Israel: 1,523 test positive, three more dead
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 09/06/2020 07:34 PM
Some 1,523 people tested positive for coronavirus throughout Sunday, the Health Ministry announced on Sunday evening. In addition, three people died of the illness since midnight.
Coronavirus in Israel: Outbreaks reported in schools in multiple cities
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 09/05/2020 11:15 PM
Outbreaks were reported in the education system in multiple cities throughout Israel over the weekend.   In Modi'in, a student in second-grade at the Ramon Elementary School was confirmed as infected with the coronavirus, requiring students and teachers in her grade to enter quarantine, according to KAN news. Students entered preventative quarantine after a number of teachers in the Mor and Nitzanim schools in the city were found to be showing symptoms of the virus. A kindergarten in Modi'in was closed after two staff members entered quarantine after their family members were infected with the coronavirus.   In Kfar Saba, the entire 11th grade at the Katznelson High School entered quarantine. Second-grade students at the Green
France reports 8,975 new daily COVID-19 infections, setting a record high
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/04/2020 07:34 PM
French health authorities reported 8,975 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday, setting an all-time high of daily additional infections since the disease started to spread in the country at the end of the winter.   The number of people hospitalised for the disease, while still well below its April 14 peak of 32,292, has gone up for the sixth day running, at 4,671.   The number of people in France who have died from COVID-19 infections stood at 30,686 and the cumulative number of cases now totals 309,156.
Russia records more than 10,000 deaths linked to coronavirus in July
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/04/2020 07:33 PM
Russia registered 10,079 deaths linked to suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19, data from the state statistics service Rosstat showed on Friday.   The virus had been the main cause of death in 4,863 of these cases, Rosstat said.   Russia recorded a total of 181,500 deaths that month, up from the 151,554 it had recorded in July last year, according to the data.   The country has overall recorded 1,015,105 cases of the coronavirus, the fourth largest caseload in the world.
COVID vaccine must be proven safe before mass rollout -WHO chief scientist
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/04/2020 07:19 PM
The World Health Organisation's chief scientist said on Friday that no vaccine for the new coronavirus should be approved for a worldwide rollout until it had undergone sufficient scrutiny and proved its safety and efficacy.   "No vaccine is going to be mass-deployed until regulators are confident, governments are confident, and the WHO is confident it has met the minimum standard of safety" WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said at a news briefing in Geneva.
Tayibe municipality petitions High Court over lockdown decision
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 09/04/2020 05:25 PM
The Tayibe municipality has petitioned the High Court for its decision to impose a lockdown on the city, Army Radio reported.  Tayibe is an Arab city located in central Israel and has been ordered by the government to go into lock down starting Monday.   The municipality said that the city should at most "be classified as a yellow city" under the Health Ministry's traffic light program used to contain the coronavirus outbreak.    "Even if we were a green city, I would agree to close the city down in the evening to prevent weddings, but schools should not be closed, it is destruction," the mayor of the city said in an Army Radio interview. 
Iraq registers 5,036 new coronavirus cases in highest daily increase
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/04/2020 04:22 PM
 Iraq registered its biggest daily increase in coronavirus infections on Friday with 5,036 cases to take its total to 252,075, the health ministry said. It reported 84 fatalities to take its coronavirus death toll to 7,359. The daily tally of cases has been rising since the holy month of Ramadan and as many Iraqis flout lockdown measures.
Iran's coronavirus death toll rises above 22,000
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/04/2020 12:43 PM
Iran's death toll from the novel coronavirus rose by 118 to 22,044 health ministry spokeswoman told state TV on Friday, with the total number of identified cases spiking to 382,772   Sima Sadat Lari said that 2,026 new cases were identified in the last 24 hours in Iran, one of the worst-hit countries in the Middle East. 
Actor Robert Pattinson positive for COVID-19, pausing 'Batman' production
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/03/2020 10:42 PM
Actor Robert Pattinson has tested positive for COVID-19, causing production in Britain on the set of his film The Batman to pause, Vanity Fair and the Hollywood Reporter reported on Thursday. Warner Bros., the Hollywood studio behind the movie, said in a statement that "a member of The Batman production" had tested positive for the coronavirus, but did not give a name. "Filming is temporarily paused," the Warner Bros. statement added. Vanity Fair and the Hollywood Reporter cited unnamed sources as saying the person who tested positive was Pattinson, the film's star.
France again registers over 7,000 new COVID-19 infections
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/03/2020 08:58 PM
France registered more than 7,000 new coronavirus infections over 24 hours for the second time in two days, the health ministry said on Thursday, just shy of a 7,578 record set on March 31, while hospitalisations for the virus also rose again. The health ministry reported that the cumulative total of confirmed cases rose to 300,181, up by 7,157. It had reported an increase of 7,017 cases on Wednesday. The number of people in intensive care with the disease also rose again for the fifth consecutive day, up by 18 to 464.
One-third of Big Ten COVID cases have myocarditis - Penn State doc
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/03/2020 08:34 PM
In an alarming report, Penn State's director of athletic medicine says about one-third of the Big Ten athletes who have tested positive for COVID-19 also show signs of myocarditis. Dr. Wayne Sebastianelli presented his findings from cardiac MRI scans earlier this week during a meeting with school board officials in State College, Pa. Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle that can be fatal if left unchecked. "When we looked at our COVID-positive athletes, whether they were symptomatic or not, 30 to roughly 35 percent of their heart muscles (are) inflamed," Sebastianelli said, according to a story published Thursday by the Centre Daily Times. "And we really just don't know what to do with it right now. It's s
Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 26.13 million, death toll at 863,557
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/03/2020 07:07 PM
More than 26.13 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 863,557​ have died, according to a Reuters tally.     Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.
Coronavirus cabinet presents additions to list of 'red cities'
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 09/03/2020 04:18 PM
The coronavirus cabinet presented the newest additions to the list of "red cities," N12 reported. Included in the list are Bnei Brak, Tirah, Beit Shemesh, Kfar Qasim, Umm al-Fahm, El'ad, Beitar Illit, Laqiya, Daliyat al-Karmel, Ma'ale Iron and Tibeh.
Five new Palestinians deaths from coronavirus, 596 new cases confirmed
  • By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
  • 09/03/2020 04:12 PM
Five Palestinians have died of coronavirus in the last 24 hours and 596 new cases were recorded both in the West Bank and in Gaza on Thursday, according to WAFA, the Palestinian News Agency, which cited the Palestinian Health Ministry. Of the new cases, 224 cases were recorded in the Hebron district, the current epicenter of the disease outbreak in the West Bank. Meanwhile, 98 were in the Gaza Strip and 61 from the Ramallah and Al-Bireh district. The Health Minister said 33 patients are currently in intensive care units and five of them are on respirators. In addition, 612 patients have recovered, 216 from east Jerusalem, 157 from the Ramallah district, and 119 in the Hebron district.
Israel passes 975 dead due to coronavirus
  • By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
  • 09/03/2020 11:36 AM
A total of 3,150 people tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday, according to the Health Ministry, out of a total of 34,324 people tested. In addition, four people died since midnight on Wednesday night, raising the number of people who died due to the coronavirus to 976.
Turkey seeing second peak of COVID-19 outbreak, health minister says
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/02/2020 08:29 PM
Turkey is seeing the second peak of the coronavirus outbreak due to "carelessness" at weddings and other social gatherings, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Wednesday, amid a rapid rise in the number of daily cases and deaths.   Speaking after a meeting of his coronavirus science team, Koca said the capital Ankara had seen the most rapid rise in the number of cases lately. He added that 29,865 healthcare workers had contracted the virus so far, with 52 of them dying.   "The outbreak is increasingly continuing. The virus is spreading to more people each day. Our test numbers are rising every day, our new patient numbers are not falling.," Koca said.   The number of new COVID-19 cases rose by 1,5
US CDC reports 184,083 deaths from coronavirus
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/02/2020 08:13 PM
 The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday said the number of deaths due to the new coronavirus had risen by 1,033 to 184,083 and reported 6,047,692 cases, an increase of 43,249 cases from its previous count.   The CDC reported its tally of cases of the respiratory illness known as COVID-19, caused by a new coronavirus, as of 4 p.m. ET on Sept. 1 compared with its previous report a day earlier.   The CDC figures do not necessarily reflect cases reported by individual states.
France's new COVID-19 infections again above 7,000
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/02/2020 08:12 PM
French health authorities reported 7,017 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Wednesday, sharply up from Tuesday's 4,982 figure, and the third time since the beginning of the outbreak that the daily tally has stood above 7,000.   The number of people hospitalized for the disease, while still well below its April 14 peak of 32,292, has gone up for the fifth day running, at 4,632.   The number of people in France who have died from COVID-19 infections increased by 25 to 30,686, and the cumulative number of cases now totals 293,024. 
Italy's former PM Berlusconi tests positive for coronavirus
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/02/2020 08:11 PM
 Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has tested positive for coronavirus and is currently in isolation at home, his staff said in a statement on Wednesday.   Berlusconi, 83, will continue working from his house in Arcore, near Milan, the statement said, and will contribute to the electoral campaigns of candidates from his Forza Italia party at local elections scheduled for September.
India's coronavirus case tally nears 3.8 mln as country reopens
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/02/2020 07:29 PM
 India said on Wednesday it would allow metro services to reopen nationwide, despite the number of novel coronavirus infections there reaching almost 3.8 million.   The country reported 78,357 new cases in the last 24 hours, federal health data showed, taking total infections to 3,769,523. Some 66,333 people have died.   India's total cases lag only the United States and Brazil, which it will overtake in days based on current trends.
UK records 1,508 daily confirmed cases of COVID-19
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/02/2020 07:28 PM
 The United Kingdom recorded 1,508 daily confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to government data published on Wednesday, up from 1,295 a day earlier.   Ten people died within 28 days of testing positive for the disease, the daily statistics release said, bringing the total death toll under that measure to 41,514.
Dutch health authorities report 734 new coronavirus cases
  • By REUTERS
  • 09/02/2020 06:10 PM
Dutch health authorities on Wednesday reported 734 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, the largest one-day total since mid-August.   The Netherlands Institute for Health (RIVM) reported the numbers in a daily update. On Tuesday the RIVM's weekly summary had shown new cases approximately flat at around 500 per day over the previous two weeks. 
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