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Shuttered retail shops on a normally busy street in Jerusalem, Nov. 4, 2020. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Netanyahu: Retail shops to reopen Sunday with four-customer limit

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Wednesday that retail shops will be allowed to resume business on Sunday, with a four-customer limit. Netanyahu said that the decision was reached during Wednesday’s coronavirus Cabinet meeting,...
Medical staff at the coronavirus ward of the Ziv Medical Center in Tzfat, on Oct. 7, 2020. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

Israeli Health Ministry publishes results of nationwide COVID-19 serological survey

According to a nationwide serological survey conducted by the Israeli Health Ministry, SARS-CoV-2 antibodies are present in only 5.5 percent of the country’s population, far from the number required for “herd immunity” from the...
Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) head Nadav Argaman attends the Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee meeting at the Knesset, on March 20, 2017. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Report: Shin Bet head hosts family members at his home in violation of lockdown

Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) director Nadav Argaman hosted relatives at his home during the Sukkot holiday in violation of the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown currently in effect, it was reported on Tuesday. According to Kan 11...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz at the weekly Cabinet meeting, at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem on June 14, 2020. Photo by Marc Israel Sellem/POOL.

Israel extends COVID-19 lockdown restrictions by a week

The Israeli government on Tuesday extended by a week a law heavily restricting demonstrations and indoor prayers during the current nationwide coronavirus lockdown. Ministers approved the extension via a telephone referendum put forward by Israeli...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the weekly cabinet meeting, at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem on July 5, 2020. Photo by Amit Shabi/POOL.

Israeli coronavirus Cabinet: Too early to analyze lockdown data

Israel’s ministerial “coronavirus Cabinet,” convened on Monday by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to weigh the enforcement and effects of the current nationwide lockdown, concluded that another week would be needed to analyze the data...
Israeli Coronavirus Project Coordinator Ronni Gamzu at a meeting with Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion at City Hall on Aug. 12, 2020. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Israel poised to tighten lockdown as daily COVID-19 tally soars to 6,923

Israel set another negative record on Wednesday, as the Health Ministry pegged the number of new coronavirus cases diagnosed in the span of 24 hours at 6,782. As of Wednesday afternoon, Israel had recorded 200,041...
Shaare Zedek medical worker wearing protective clothing takes a swab from a woman to test for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), outside the coronavirus unit at Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem on September 10, 2020. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

As nationwide lockdown looms, Israel’s corona tally, number of serious cases climb

A nationwide lockdown in Israel seems inevitable with a deciding cabinet vote scheduled for next week as the number of new coronavirus cases hit a new 24-hour record from Thursday to Friday, with more...
Israelis, wearing face masks for fear of the coronavirus, shop for grocery at the Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem on August 20, 2020. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90

Viral apathy in Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a joint press conference on Monday evening with Defense Minister Benny Gantz, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein and National Coronavirus Project coordinator Ronni Gamzu. The purpose of the event, after...
A first-grade class at Tali Geulim school in Jerusalem, on Sept. 1, 2020. Photo by Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90.

In last-minute decision, Israel decides not to open schools in ‘red’ COVID cities

Children in cities, towns and local authorities designated “red” under Israel’s newly approved “traffic light” plan for managing the coronavirus crisis will not return to school before Thursday, the country’s coronavirus Cabinet decided on Monday...
A crowded street in downtown Jerusalem on Aug. 19, 2020. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Israel’s coronavirus cabinet approves new ‘traffic light’ plan to curb pandemic

Israel’s ministerial coronavirus cabinet on Sunday approved a new plan to tackle the pandemic. Crafted by Coronavirus Project Coordinator Ronni Gamzu, the “traffic light” plan, which imposes COVID-19 restrictions on different areas based on their...