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.

GILAD OPHIR’S photographic installation with dancing from the show.

Live art exhibitions return as Israel begins opening-up

By DANNY SHORKEND
ISRAELI PASSENGERS arrive home after an emergency flight to Ben-Gurion Airport on February 3.

Around 80% of of arrivals from Ben-Gurion Airport violate isolation - N12

PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference at Jerusalem’s King David Hotel last week.

Netanyahu’s interview with Aryeh Golan was more of the same - opinion

Israeli women take part at a Mass Breastfeeding as they gathered at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv on March 18, 2016, the idea  was to promote women's right to breastfeeding their babies in public, March 18, 2016. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90

Coronavirus: Vaccinated nursing moms likely pass antibodies on to babies

Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi meeting with his Brazilian counterpart, March 7, 2021.

Brazil's COVID-skeptical gov't pins hopes on Israeli drug in development

Israelis shopping at Mamilla mall in Jerusalem, March 1, 2021.

COVID: As Jerusalem reopens, shop owners are excited - and scared

Shushan Purim celebrations amid ongoing coronavirus outbreak in Jerusalem, Feb. 28, 2021

Coronavirus ‘czar’: Israel might need a night curfew on Passover

A healthcare worker hands over doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to a doctor at Messe Wien Congress Center, which has been set up as coronavirus disease vaccination centre, in Vienna, Austria February 7, 2021.

Austria suspends AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine batch after death

By REUTERS
A medical worker is seen filling up a coronavirus vaccine dose at a Meuhedet vaccination center in Jerusalem, on February 16, 2021.

Israel marks 800,000 coronavirus infections since pandemic began

PALESTINIAN HEALTH WORKERS at a hospital in Nablus, where health workers were vaccinated against the coronavirus disease, after the delivery of vaccine doses from Israel earlier this month.

Vaccination program for Palestinian workers to resume after delay

Employees of Israel's Sonovia Ltd, makers of washable and reusable antiviral masks, which the company says can help stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), work at their laboratory in Ramat Gan, Israel May 17, 2020.

Start-up Nation to vaccination nation: Israel to lead post-COVID economy

Royal Caribbean's new ship, which will sail from Israel for the first time in May.

Royal Caribbean's newest ship stuck in port after workers catch COVID-19

A woman shows her green passport at the Khan theater in Jerusalem on February 23, 2021.

Coronavirus: Georgia only country to recognize green passports - report

‘A bracelet of freedom’ says CEO in charge of COVID electronic monitoring

Coronavirus: Electronic bracelet quarantine pilot ends successfully

A MAN is helped by his son as he receives a COVID-19 vaccination at a clinic in east Jerusalem in December.

How did vaccines become a political issue? - opinion

Jerusalemites wearing face masks for fear of coronavirus  walk on Jaffa road in the City Center of Jerusalem on July 12, 2020. Israel has seen a spike of new COVID-19 cases,  cabinet ministers imposed new restrictions on public gatherings in a bid to stem the rising infection rate of the coronavirus

Coronavirus: Gov't approves gradual reopening of restaurants, airport

A CRUSADERS-THEMED virtual tour with Itamar Ben David. The faces were altered for privacy considerations.

Bringing the world to visit Israel in the middle of a pandemic

Mother with her child (Illustrative).

Vaccinated nursing mothers appear to pass on antibodies to their children

From left: Ayman Saif, Abdulbast Salameh and Nachman Ash

Most red cities are Arab and Druze, says Arab sector commissioner

A nursing home worker and a medic put on personal protective equipment while preparing to transport a patient into an ambulance at the Life Care Center of Kirkland, the long-term care facility linked to several confirmed coronavirus cases in the state, in Kirkland, Washington, US.

Advisers of New York's Cuomo altered report on nursing home deaths

By REUTERS
A healthcare worker treats a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) positive patient inside a COVID-19 unit at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth

Merck says study shows COVID-19 drug causes quick reduction in virus

By REUTERS
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) delivers remarks beside Senators Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock (D-GA) on COVID-19 relief, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, February 11, 2021.

US Senate works through the night to advance $1.9 trillion COVID-19 bill

By REUTERS
A family celebrates the Passover Seder with other family members joining via Zoom, April 8, 2020.

Vaccinations enable some families to gather for Passover Seders this year

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
A view of the Chabad synagogue in Chisinau, the Moldavian capital.

Rabbi in Moldova helps save a life and scores matzah for his community

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
Ultra-Orthodox women work at Matrix Global, a hi-tech company, in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Modiin Illit April 3, 2011

Drop in self-employed Israeli women - commerce chamber federation

Picture of the neighboring vaccination "pub" at the Mahane Yehuda market.

Shots for shots: Jerusalem gives vaccines at Mahane Yehuda bar scene

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla introduces US President Joe Biden as the president toured a Pfizer manufacturing plant producing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in Kalamazoo, Michigan, US, February 19, 2021.

Pfizer CEO's Israel visit canceled because he is not fully vaccinated

An illustrative photo of a Jewish wedding in front of the Mediterranean Sea.

Tzohar announces only vaccinated rabbis can officiate weddings

Israelis in Jerusalem are seen with ice cream ahead of an expected snowfall, on February 16, 2021.

Coronavirus: Israel is further opening - here's what you need to know

Dr Ngong Cyprian receives his first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine from Dr Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, at the National hospital in Abuja, Nigeria, March 5, 2021.

'Coronavirus can't kill me now'; Africans cheer rollout of COVAX vaccinations

By REUTERS
A HEALTHCARE worker prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Rehovot on Monday.

Only 100,000 Israelis over 50 left to be vaccinated - new data

An ultra-Orthodox woman accompanies her daughter to school, Jerusalem, October 19, 2020

Jerusalem neighborhood begs government to allow schools to remain open

A medical worker holds a syringe with Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) before administering an injection at a vaccination centre in a shopping mall in Saint Petersburg, Russia February 24, 2021.

COVID-19 vaccination: 73 cases of facial paralysis, 7 anaphylactic shock

Palestinian workers getting vaccinated against the coronavirus, March 4, 2021.

COVID-19 Vaccine Line-Jumping Controversies Continue in MENA Region

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT Kamala Harris speaks after Joe Biden is named winner of the 2020 US presidential election, in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 7.

Netanyahu tells Kamala Harris he won't let Iran obtain nuclear weapons

A PASSENGER SEARCHES for ground transportation after arriving at Ben-Gurion Airport earlier this month.

Israelis abroad suffer month of hell, courtesy of our gov't - opinion

WORKERS UNLOAD containers transporting the first batch of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine at an airport on the outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia, in January.

Are COVID-19 vaccines the key to world power?

Breaking news

Culture, Sports Ministry to expand live venue capacity, allow standing

Palestinian workers getting vaccinated against the coronavirus, March 4, 2021.

Israel to prioritize vaccinating all Palestinians with its surplus doses

Colorized scanning electron micrograph of an apoptotic cell (greenish brown) heavily infected with SARS-COV-2 virus particles (pink), also known as novel coronavirus, isolated from a patient sample. Image captured and color-enhanced at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Ma

Coronavirus variants: Are they as scary as they sound?

A MAN receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a Meuhedet vaccination center in Jerusalem on Monday.

Coronavirus: Vaccine effort caused severe cases in elderly to drop - study

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem.

Israel, Austria, Denmark launch joint vaccine initiative

Peter van Wees opens the door so John Moritz can exit the quick breath analyzer cabin that tests for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a testing location in Amsterdam, Netherlands March 1, 2021.

Scream, not swab: Did a Dutch inventor just discover a new COVID test?

By REUTERS
A drive in the Judean desert with the 3-door Defender 90.

Judean desert: A needed adventure after the coronavirus lockdown

By AMI YACHIN
A MURAL of Pope Francis adorns a church wall ahead of his upcoming visit to Iraq, in Baghdad on February 22.

Voices from the Arab press: Arab democracy: Iraq as an example

By MEDIA LINE
SHERYL SANDBERG: Looking above.

What do COVID-19 and red lipstick have in common? - opinion

SIMMERING ANGER: The torched bus burns in Bnei Brak in late January.

COVID-19: Haredim drift further from Israeli mainstream - opinion

Israelis shopping at Mamilla mall in Jerusalem, March 1, 2021.

Coronavirus in Israel: Number of serious patients drops below 700

President Reuven Rivlin arrives in Spain to visit the King of Spain, on November 5, 2017.

Israel, Spain share knowledge on COVID vaccine, marking close relations

Screenshot of the virtual Kaddish minyan hosted by My Jewish Learning on March 3, 2021.

Jews in mourning are finding unexpected comfort in virtual minyans

By ASAF SHALEV/JTA
HERB-ROASTED SALMON FILET

New York lox company boomed during pandemic, sold English smoked salmon

By AMANDA GORDON/JTA
Segev Harel becomes the first person to receive the IIBR's new coronavirus vaccine as human trials get underway, Sheba Medical Center, November 1, 2020

Participants in Israeli-made vaccine trials not eligible for green pass

17-year-old Orion Raz in Hadassah- Mount Scopus recovering from inflammatory syndrome caused by the coronavirus

17-year-old girl in critical condition a month after recovering from COVID

By HADASSAH BRENNER
Newly elected Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland

Amid coronavirus, Thailand works for sustainable growth through diplomacy

By DON PRAMUDWINAI
PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu holds a press conference at the Health Ministry in Jerusalem in December.

Amid coronavirus, fake news works overtime - opinion

By SHIRLY BAR-LEV
MEN CELEBRATE Purim in Jerusalem’s Mea She’arim neighborhood on Sunday.

Coronavirus, Yom Kippur War: Israel's similar responses - opinion

By GIDEON ARGOV
A man enters the main branch of Bank Hapoalim, Israel's biggest bank, in Tel Aviv, Israel July 18, 2016. Picture taken July 18, 2016

Coronavirus: Why branching out into online services is necessary

By DUDU LEVY REICH
Trump's nominee for US Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson

Ronny Jackson suspected of 'inappropriate conduct' as White House doctor

A Palestinian health worker prepares a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in Gaza City February 22, 2021.

Israel to open COVID-19 vaccine centers for Palestinian workers Sunday

Israeli passengers wait to board the Lufthansa flight intended to bring them back to Israel, February 24, 2021.

COVID-19: Flights from US already full after partial reopening of skies

A coronavirus vaccine dose is seen being administered at a Meuhedet vaccination center in Jerusalem, on February 16, 2021.

Israel eyes COVID-19 vaccine regulation process with Austria, Denmark

A family takes part in a Zoom shiva

Grapevine: Marvelous Marva

THE FRENCH Hill neighborhood (awash in snow): Home of the Flintstones?

This week in Jerusalem - A round-up of city affairs

Justin of Justin's Pies

Amid coronavirus, Israelis open small home-based food businesses

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
A Palestinian health worker prepares a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in Gaza City February 22, 2021.

Netanyahu bought Russian vaccines for Palestinians - Hadassah head claims

Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks at the annual National Rifle Association (NRA) convention in Dallas, Texas, May 4, 2018

Texas governor lifts state's mask mandate, business restrictions

By REUTERS
Medical workers get ready to receive passengers arriving from Sweden's Stockholm at Hohhot Baita International Airport amid a global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China April 26, 2020.

China's anal COVID-19 tests upsets, traumatizes foreigners

By REUTERS
Bloomfield Stadium will welcome a return to outdoor concerts, March 2021

Tel Aviv to launch return to outdoor shows at Bloomfield Stadium

Israelis are seen boarding the light rail on Jaffa Street in Jerusalem after the coronavirus lockdown ends, on February 8, 2021.

Corona ‘czar’: Lockdown possible before election

Teacher shows children how to wash their hands at her kindergarten in Jerusalem. May 10, 2020

92.6% of Israeli kindergarten teachers vaccinated, recovered from COVID

A test tube labelled vaccine is seen in front of AstraZeneca logo in this illustration taken, September 9, 2020.

South Korea probing two deaths after AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine

By REUTERS
A worker hangs a road sign directing to the U.S. embassy, in the area of the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem, May 7, 2018.

US Embassy in Israel to allow limited in-person appointments amid COVID

Just because you’re no longer in school doesn’t mean you should stop learning. Self-development through learning should be a lifelong pursuit.

A (Jewish) way to redirect your pandemic despair into purposeful living

By ALAN KADISH , MICHAEL SHMIDMAN
Democratic 2020 US presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden reacts during a televised townhall on CNN dedicated to LGBTQ issues in Los Angeles, California, US October 10, 2019.

Biden must condemn ‘horrific’ abuses vs. Iran’s LGBTQ community - report

Passengers at the Departure hall at the Ben Gurion Airport, near Tel Aviv on December 14, 2020.

Coronavirus: Where can Israelis fly now that the skies are reopening?

Letters

Letters to the Editor March 3, 2021: Preaching to the converted

Colorized scanning electron micrograph of an apoptotic cell (greenish brown) heavily infected with SARS-COV-2 virus particles (pink), also known as novel coronavirus, isolated from a patient sample. Image captured and color-enhanced at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Ma

Coronavirus: Contagious Brazil variant evades immunity - scientists

By REUTERS
A Palestinian health worker prepares a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in Gaza City February 22, 2021.

Senior Palestinian officials vaccinated, PA ministry of health reveals

Notes scattered throughout Habima Square in Tel Aviv by protesters, symbolizing the 4,600 victims of the coronavirus in Israel, Saturday, January 30, 2021.

Coronavirus: Israel's excess mortality rate rose 10% in 2020, study finds

A woman smokes during an event marking Israel's government's approval of a new policy to decriminalize personal marijuana use in Tel Aviv, Israel February 4, 2017

Does marijuana help sick recover from coronavirus?

Doni Silverstein, Owner of Urbun Cafe

Restaurants excited, skeptical for reopening after coronavirus lockdown

An illustrative photo of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

3 days after Pfizer vaccine, Japanese woman dies from brain hemorrhage

By REUTERS
3D scan of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles created by design lab Nanographics

BGU develops easy, cheap test to identify UK, South African COVID variants

A woman receives a vaccination against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a vaccination center in Umm El-Fahem, Israel January 3, 2021

Netanyahu meets with mayors to encourage COVID vaccination in Arab sector

El Al Israel Airlines planes are seen on the tarmac at Ben Gurion International airport in Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel March 10, 2020.

Coronavirus: Gov’t approves reopening of Israel’s skies

Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro salutes before receiving a confirmation of his victory in the recent presidential election in Brasilia, Brazil December 10, 2018

Brazilian states blast Bolsonaro over pandemic during worst phase yet

By REUTERS
Breaking news

Novavax COVID-19 shot could be cleared for U.S. use as early as May -CEO

By REUTERS
‘A bracelet of freedom’ says CEO in charge of COVID electronic monitoring

Coronavirus electronic bracelet pilot program launches

AVICHAI MANDELBLIT

A-G institutes lengthy approval process for foreign vaccine aid

A MEDICAL TEAM is seen working at the new biological emergency unit dedicated to COVID-19 at Shaare Zedek Medical Center, in Jerusalem, last year.

Emergency departments in public hospitals must be strengthened - opinion

By AZIZ DARAWSHA
A man enters the main branch of Bank Hapoalim, Israel's biggest bank, in Tel Aviv, Israel July 18, 2016. Picture taken July 18, 2016

Why now is the time to invest in enhancing customer experience

By DUDU LEVY REICH
Teachers' submissions for the "Classroom Look in Lockdown" project.

COVID-19: Schools must reopen, studying at home worse for health - doctors

Leading ultra-Orthodox Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky offered his followers personal blessings on Monday in return for receiving their coronavirus vaccinations.

Get the vaccine, get a blessing from the Rabbi Kanievsky

By HADASSAH BRENNER
A Palestinian health worker prepares a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in Gaza City February 22, 2021.

Coronavirus: Palestinians decry ‘favoritism’ in PA vaccinations

Lillie McCray (R) receives the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from Walgreens healthcare professional Ghassan Ayyad (L) at the Victor Walchirk Apartments in Evanston, Illinois, U.S. February 22, 2021.

Recover from COVID? Your physical strength might be that of an 80-year-old

A Hamas militant hands out a protective face mask to a Palestinian boy during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in the central Gaza Strip September 12, 2020.

Palestinian Election: Coronavirus, Fatah strife may delay, cancel vote

Royal Caribbean's new ship, which will sail from Israel for the first time in May.

Coronavirus: Post-pandemic tourism hopes breed excitement, skepticism

A health worker draws a dose of the AstraZeneca's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, at the vaccination center in the Newcastle Eagles Community Arena, in Newcastle upon Tyne, Britain, January 30, 2021.

Syria begins COVID-19 vaccinations with healthcare workers

By REUTERS
A school classroom is seen empty in Jerusalem's Beit Hakerem.

Coronavirus: Restaurants, event halls, grades 7-10 to open Sunday

Surveillance, illustrative

Coronavirus: High Court limits Shin Bet surveillance of citizens

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