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An Israeli couple on their wedding day photoshoot in a blossoming almond tree field in Latrun, near Jerusalem, on February 25, 2019. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.

Israel to launch ‘happy badge’ program for weddings and large events

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With Israel’s wedding season a week away and the rate of COVID-19 infection rising, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett signed off on a program on Thursday that would allow weddings and other celebrations to...
Nachman Ash, appointed by Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein to replace outgoing National Coronavirus Project Coordinator Ronni Gamzu, Oct. 27 2020. Source: MedinISraelConf.com.

Israel’s COVID czar named new Health Ministry director

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Israeli Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz on Monday named National Coronavirus Project Coordinator Professor Nachman Ash as the director-general of the Health Ministry. The nomination follows the resignation of current Health Ministry chief, Prof. Hezi Levi, who is slated...
Israeli Health Ministry Director General Hezi Levi speaks during a press conference in Jerusalem about the coronavirus, June 21, 2020. Photo by Flash90.

Israel using vaccines rejected by Palestinian Authority

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Israeli Health Ministry Director General Hezi Levi said on Monday that Israel was using the COVID-19 vaccines that the Palestinian Authority had rejected. The vaccines Israel had planned to send to the P.A. are being used “right...
Israeli students wearing face masks to school in Tel Aviv, April 18, 2021. Photo by Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90.

Israeli Health Ministry issues quarantine after COVID-19 confirmed at indoor concert

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Israel’s Health Ministry on Sunday called on all attendees of an indoor concert in the northern Israeli city of Beit She’an on June 17 to immediately enter quarantine and get tested for COVID-19, after...
Shoppers at a supermarket in Tel Aviv on June 14, 2021, after the Israeli Health Ministry announced the end of the obligation to wear a mask in closed public places. Photo by Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90.

Israel lifts indoor mask requirement as COVID-19 recedes

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Israel lifted its indoor mask requirement on Tuesday, taking another step towards returning to life pre-COVID-19. According to the Israeli Health Ministry, masks will still be required for employees and guests at elder-care facilities who...
Tel Aviv, April 22, 2021. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Israel announces lifting of nearly all pandemic restrictions

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Israel’s government announced on Tuesday that it was lifting most public restrictions connected to the coronavirus pandemic. “This decision was made against the background of the low morbidity data and the continuing downward trend in...
An Israeli student receives a Covid-19 vaccine injection at Amal high school in Beersheva, March 17, 2021. Photo by Flash90.

Israel set to begin vaccinating teens aged 12 to 15 next week

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Pending final Health Ministry approval, Israel is set to begin vaccinating children aged 12 to 15 against the Covid-19 virus on June 6, the ministry announced on Sunday. There are around 600,000 children in this...
Ben-Gurion International Airport, April 18, 2021. Photo by Yossi Aloni/Flash90.

Israel issues severe COVID travel warning for Argentina, Russia, Seychelles

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The Israeli Health Ministry on Sunday issued a severe travel warning for Argentina, Russia and the Seychelles, due to the severity of the coronavirus pandemic in those countries. The ministry warned that if morbidity figures...
Medical workers at a Leumit Vaccination Center, in Tel Aviv, March 8, 2021. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Israeli Health Ministry set to vaccinate next cohort, 12- to 15-year-olds

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The Israeli Ministry of Health is stepping up preparations to begin vaccinating 12- to 15-year-olds against the coronavirus, N12 reported on Tuesday. The preparations began after health authorities in Israel learned that the U.S. Food and Drug...
Tel Aviv, April 21, 2021. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

First cases of Brazilian, Chilean coronavirus variants detected in Israel

The Brazilian variant of the Covid-19 virus was detected in Israel for the first time on Monday, in a vaccinated adult and an infant entering the country from abroad. One case of the Chilean...