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.

Ichilov Medical team at the coronavirus unit, in the Ichilov hospital, Tel Aviv, Israel, July 28, 2020.
Coronavirus may increase risk of premature births, complications
U.S. President Trump leads coronavirus task force daily briefing at the White House in Washington
Trump's promise to vaccinate all Americans by April unrealistic - experts
 TEST TUBE with coronavirus label is seen at the end of January.
US sets record with over 1 million coronavirus tests in a day
By REUTERS
Fish street vendor Otello grabs some squids inside his van in Castell'Azzara, Italy October 31, 2018.
Coronavirus found on imported squid packaging in China
By REUTERS
Interior of a passenger airplane
Is social distancing enough to prevent coronavirus spread on long flights?
Lung cells infected with coronavirus
Pine-Sol gains EPA approval for coronavirus-combatting disinfectant
A girl poses for a photo during celebrations for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Jerusalem, July 31, 2020
Temple Mount remains open despite nationwide coronavirus lockdown
FILE PHOTO: Nurse Jeff Gates processes a patient sample at a drive-through testing clinic for coronavirus, flu and RSV, currently by appointment for employees at UW Medical Center Northwest in Seattle, Washington, U.S. March 9, 2020
Hebrew U. research finds flu outbreak pattern during the winter
By OMRI RON
A CLOSED RESTAURANT in Jerusalem. Government plans vary concerning what needs to be done next.
Restaurateurs in Israel smash plates to protest coronavirus lockdown
Breaking news
US CDC reports 198,099 deaths from coronavirus
By REUTERS
Israeli PM Netanyahu and Indian PM Modi shake hands at a press conference in New Delhi.
Indian PM extends Rosh Hashanah wishes to Netanayhu and Jewish community
Israeli Police at a temporary "checkpoint"  on road 1 in  Jerusalem, on September 20, 2020. Israel has seen a spike of new COVID-19 cases bringing the authorities to reimpose a nationwide lockdown that begin on Friday and last at least three weeks.
Coronavirus cabinet to convene Tuesday, police issue 3,000 tickets
Alternate Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benny Gantz
‘Israel is bigger than Bibi and me’
A vial of the measles, mumps, and rubella virus (MMR) vaccine is pictured at the International Community Health Services clinic in Seattle, Washington, U.S., March 20, 2019. Picture taken March 20, 2019
WHO, UNICEF sign to ensure universal health coverage in shadow of COVID-19
 Palestinians, wearing masks as a preventive measure against the coronavirus disease, work in a bakery in Gaza City
Gaza to run out of coronavirus equipment in weeks - PA Health Ministry
By LEON SVERDLOV
THE ARRIVALS HALL at Ben-Gurion Airport – will it turn into a ghost town?
New survey reveals tourism industry reached record highs before COVID-19
Carmi Gillon, former head of the Shin Bet, arrested during Balfour protests, August 20, 2020.
Health Ministry publishes outline for holding protests during lockdown
A health worker in personal protective equipment (PPE) collects a swab sample from a woman during a rapid antigen testing campaign for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mumbai, India, September 7, 2020
One in 7 reported COVID-19 infections is among health workers, WHO says
By REUTERS
Orthodox men stand next to a social distancing sign in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, July 16, 2020.
New York state issues guidance for High Holy Day services
By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
A BOY prepares to eat an apple with honey, as is traditional on Rosh Hashanah.
26 Jewish schools unite to exhort families to play it safe amid COVID-19
By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
A man wears a protective face mask as he walks along the main market in downtown after the government eased the restrictions on movement aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus in Amman, Jordan
Jordan to jail organizers of social events due to coronavirus fears
By REUTERS
Israeli police officers take out ultra-Orthodox Jewish men from the Ponevezh Yeshiva in Bnei Brak, as part of an effort to enforce lockdown in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, April 2, 2020.
The coronavirus and Israeli Kulturkampf
By YEDIDIA STERN
BORDER POLICE patrol a nearly empty city center during a partial lockdown in early April
Ehud Olmert to 'Post': Rosh Hashanah is Without joy or hope
Calculating taxes
Your taxes: Corona business update
By LEON HARRIS
SHUKI SHEMER: Young people should not physically approach older people in any way.
Five steps to stop the spread of coronavirus
ABU DHABI’S Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan attends the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, last year.
Emirati Crown Prince is this year's 'person of the year,' not coronavirus
Gaza reports first COVID-19 cases outside quarantine areas, declares lockdown
Decision-making expert urges gov't to communicate better with public
A teacher checks the temperature of a student at a haredi Orthodox school in Jerusalem, May 6, 2020
One-third of Netanyahu’s voters believe COVID-19 was sent by God - survey
By BEN SALES/JTA
AHEAD OF a second nationwide lockdown, a NIS 1 billion aid plan is meant to encourage employers, reeling from losses and uncertainty, to hold on to their workers with the government shouldering a portion of their wages.
Gov’t allocates additional sums to help locked businesses
A volunteer receives an injection in a human clinical trial for a potential vaccine against the novel coronavirus, at the Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, South Africa, June 24, 2020
Moderna to seek emergency use of COVID-19 vaccine if data shows efficacy
By REUTERS
Children wearing masks play in the water along the shore of the Mediterranean Sea as they visit Zikim beach, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in southern Israel July 21, 2020
How the coronavirus lockdown acts as peephole into Israel - analysis
Jewish pilgrims, who plan to enter Ukraine from the territory of Belarus, gather in front of Ukrainian service members near Novi Yarylovychi crossing point in Chernihiv Region, Ukraine September 15, 2020
Ukraine denies entry to all 1,000 Breslov hassidim waiting at border
Bacteria as seen under a microscope
Enzymes in bacteria could help fight coronavirus - Weizmann Institute
The Katzman family from Toronto at the airport before making Aliyah to Israel
Nefesh B'Nefesh's last flight of olim for 5780 lands day before lockdown
Jewish men pray at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City. April 19, 2020.
In courtyards and online, holiday services will look different this year
Lung cells infected with coronavirus
Cancer patients may not be high-risk for coronavirus, researchers say
CELEBRITY CHEFS and a burn victim collaborate in the cooking of a delicious meal.
Grapevine September 18, 2020: Eyes on Jerusalem
A visit by Health Minister Yuli Edelstein at the Rambam underground medical center during initial preparations, July, 2020.
Rambam activates its underground hospital for combating COVID-19 pandemic
HEARING THE shofar is one of the core aspects of the Rosh Hashanah prayers
Televised Rosh Hashanah celebrations aim to raise spirits during lockdown
Fabric robots at work
Fabric offers innovative robotic solutions ahead of Rosh Hashanah
Cartoon rats (Illustrative)
What can rats teach us in a time of pandemic?
By JOAN ORANGE
Magen David Adom workers wearing protective clothing seen outside the coronavirus unit at Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, September 6, 2020
Researchers claim 1,000 to 2,500 more people will die during lockdown
By MAAYAN HARONI/MAARIV
A general view shows a street in Bnei Brak as Israel enforces a lockdown, April 3, 2020
Nation locks down as PM threatens more restrictions
The Twitter application is seen on a phone screen August 3, 2017
Twitter designs new Emoji for Rosh Hashanah
By OMRI RON
Honor guards perform Taiwan national flag lowering ceremony at Liberty Square in Taipei, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Taipei, Taiwan, April 1, 2020.
China says will make 'necessary response' to US official's Taiwan visit
By REUTERS
Finance Minister Israel Katz at a meeting of the Finance Committee, July 20, 2020
Government offers NIS 1 billion to help businesses
El Al plane
Eli Rozenberg holds 42% of El Al shares, company prepares to renew flights
By OMRI RON
A Spanish flag flutters in the air as the capital of Spain is seen from the observatory deck of Madrid's city hall August 7, 2013.
Spain's COVID tracing app tries to balance public health with privacy
By REUTERS
To create a pre-recorded online service, Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann, center, and musicians and singers from Mishkan Chicago recorded the songs and prayers of the High Holidays in August
I’m going to miss singing in synagogue, what does that say about prayer?
By YOSEF LINDELL/JTA
‘Backyard prayer’ by Leah Raab
How Jews are adapting to the sudden disappearance of communal singing
By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
THE COLONIAL-ERA exterior facade of the synagogue flanked in front by street merchants plying their goods
Here’s why my congregation is praying in person during the High Holidays
By RABBI YOSIE LEVINE/JTA
A man blowing the shofar at the Western Wall days before Rosh Hashanah
Why I’m praying with my community on Rosh Hashanah this year
By BRIAN SOKOL/JTA
rand Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum speaks at a mass gathering of Satmar Hasidic Jews in New York
Brooklyn Satmar rabbi to skip Rosh Hashanah due to rising COVID-19 cases
By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
Research by Yafit Gilboa of Jerusalem's Hebrew University on cognitive decline among cancer survivors has taken on added urgency in the age of the coronavirus.
Israeli researchers discover how stress affects fight against COVID-19
By LARRY LUXNER/JTA
Breslov hassidim in a public park in Gomel, Belarus, who have been waiting for days and weeks for entry into Ukraine for the annual pilgrimage on ash Hashana to the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov in Uman
Red Cross aiding hundreds of Jewish pilgrims amassed at Ukraine borders
By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
Breaking news
Mexico reports 4,444 new coronavirus cases, 300 deaths
By REUTERS
BORDER POLICE patrol a nearly empty city center during a partial lockdown in early April
Coronavirus High Holy Days lockdown rules - everything you need to know
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Australia's Victoria reports lowest COVID-19 cases since June
By REUTERS
Breaking news
Trump says staffer tested positive for COVID-19 but was 'not near' him
By REUTERS
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump speaks during a news briefing at the White House on Tuesday.
Trump contradicts CDC director on vaccines: 'he was confused'
By REUTERS
Democratic US presidential candidate Joe Biden at a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., July 14, 2020.
Biden outlines COVID-19 vaccine plan: I trust scientists, not Donald Trump
By REUTERS
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Deputy Director of Chad's civil cabinet Abdelkerim Idriss Déby
First Chadian military cargo plane to land in Israel for humanitarian aid
President Reuven Rivlin
President Rivlin: ‘We will only prevail together’
The IDF prepares for the holidays in light of the coronavirus pandemic and the security situation.
IDF prepares for High Holy Days on bases amid coronavirus pandemic
Teen depression
The mental and physical costs of lockdown
Deep breaths: Smoking pollution in Tel Aviv
Almost half of Israeli smokers smoked more during lockdown
NEARLY EMPTY: Ben-Gurion Airport waiting area
Seychelles, Iceland, Cuba and Serbia added to Israel’s list of green states
Coronavirus czar Prof. Ronni Gamzu
One day until the coronavirus lockdown and the gov’t is still zigzagging
Magen David Adom workers wearing protective clothing seen outside the coronavirus unit at Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, September 6, 2020
Jerusalem Hospital says it won’t admit any more COVID-19 patients
By MARCY OSTER/JTA
Breaking news
Brazil registers 1,113 coronavirus deaths, highest toll in two weeks
By REUTERS
BEIT LESSIN
Beit Lessin gives holiday bonus for all employees
THERE IS now a broad social realization that the elderly are the main risk group that needs to be protected.
We can do more to help the elderly cope with the COVID-19 crisis
By ILIA STAMBLER
Orthodox Jews pray while performing the Tashlich ceremony, on a hill over the beach in Kiryat Yam, near Haifa, September 30, 2019. Tashlich ("casting off"), is a Jewish custom performed on the afternoon of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, at a water source. It is customary to throw pieces of brea
CoroRosh Hashanah: 5780 has been a year to absorb - and to sift
Science Minister Izhar Shay showing the agreement signed today with 18 other science ministers from around the world
Israel, 18 science ministries to enhance cooperation in COVID-19 fight
DEMONSTRATORS PROTEST the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, in Tel Aviv on July 18.
Can there be protests during a coronavirus lockdown?
IT WOULD be a very big deal if the US distributed a vaccine that had not been properly tested.
Some volunteers quit COVID-19 vaccine trial after AstraZeneca scare
By REUTERS
Aliyah Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata
NIS 27 million in coronavirus grants to be transferred to new immigrants
Israel Katz (L) whispers to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) during a cabinet meeting, December 9th, 2018
What will Netanyahu, Katz do to prevent economic fallout amid lockdown?
Following the coronavirus lockdown, countries are implementing an exit strategy
Int'l Fellowship of Christians and Jews lends aid to Israeli families
An illuminated Google logo is seen inside an office building in Zurich, Switzerland December 5, 2018.
Google awards grant to Tel Aviv University to help fight COVID-19
Haredi Jews prepare for the upcoming fesitval of Rosh Hashanah, Mea Shearim, Jerusalem, September 15, 2020
Israel’s most up-to-date coronavirus lockdown directives
RABBI MOSHE SILVER blows a Yemenite shofar at the Jerusalem Promenade
Cantors, shofar blowers to travel freely on Rosh Hashanah
FIRST DAY BACK at Tel Aviv’s Gabrieli Carmel School, September 1, 2020
Over 5,500 new coronavirus cases, as gov't rules to close schools Thursday
‘DID THEY know I was going to get a coronavirus test? Were they judging me for walking to the center?’
Health Ministry considering changing coronavirus testing
By MAAYAN HARONI/MAARIV
People are seen shopping for produce at the Mahaneh Yehuda shuk in Jerusalem.
Netanyahu, Katz propose additional grants for the holidays
A woman wearing a mask plays a melancholy melody on her flute in downtown Jerusalem
This Rosh Hashanah we need to respect others - and wear a mask
HEARING THE shofar is one of the core aspects of the Rosh Hashanah prayers
Understanding God's role as we enter lockdown before Rosh Hashanah
Children are returning to school in Israel amid the coronavirus pandemic. August 24, 2020.
Following new gov' decisions, it's up to us now to beat the coronavirus
MACCABI HAIFA and Hapoel Beersheba (in blue) battled in front of empty stands at Sammy Ofer Stadium on Sunday night, with the Greens emerging with a 3-1 home victory in Israel Premier League Round 2 action.
Maccabi Tel Aviv, Bnei Yehuda play to draw
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
GALIT LISS’S Blue Zone dance production.
Israel Festival revisited, online
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looking out a barred window
Without trust, we can’t beat coronavirus - analysis
Israeli border policewomen chat with local residents at the entrance to Bnei Brak as Israel enforces a lockdown of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish town badly affected by coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Bnei Brak, Israel April 3, 2020
Seven steps to a highly effective coronavirus lockdown
Maier Fenster
New Israeli tech targets coronavirus with vaccine priority system
Empty El Al Israel Airlines check-in counters are seen at Ben Gurion International airport in Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel February 27, 2020.
Gov’t confirms: Ben-Gurion Airport to operate during lockdown
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah take off for the signing ceremony of the peace agreement in Washington
Peace in the time of coronavirus - analysis
A gardener with special needs prepares flowers for planting at the Rhoda Fischer Memorial Garden at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran on July 5, 2020.
Special-needs families fear new lockdown
Shoppers wear face masks and walk around a fashion shopping center in Ashdod, as restrictions over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) ease around Israel, May 5, 2020
How will lockdown impact the economy?
Breslov hassidim in a public park in Gomel, Belarus, who have been waiting for days and weeks for entry into Ukraine for the annual pilgrimage on ash Hashana to the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov in Uman
Hundreds of Breslov Hassidim stuck in Belarus on way to Uman
CXP Consulting CEO Tania Amar in a previous Bootcamp. The current 24h challenge is meant for French speaking as well as English speaking Israelis
Start-Up Nation to create new companies in 24 hours during COVID-19
Israelis, wearing face masks for fear of the coronavirus, shop for grocery at the Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem on July 14, 2020. Israel has seen a spike of new COVID-19 cases bringing the authorities to reimpose restrictions to halt the spread of the virus
With another lockdown coming, businesses fear ‘ruin’
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