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Passover in the time of coronavirus: Stay behind closed doors

Thursday, April 02, 2020
Jerusalem's pre-Passover hustle & bustle hushed as we wage war against coronavirus.

Report: 917 new coronavirus deaths recorded in the US

Thursday, April 02, 2020

At least 917 new coronavirus deaths were recorded in the US on Wednesday, CNN reported.

This is the most reported deaths in the United States in a single day since the coronavirus outbreak. There have been a total of 4,745 deaths reported in the US since the outbreak.


US intelligence: China concealed extent of coronavirus outbreak

Thursday, April 02, 2020

China concealed the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in its country, under-reporting both total cases and deaths it’s suffered from the disease, the US intelligence community concluded in a classified report to the White House, three US officials told Bloomberg on Wednesday.

The officials asked not to be identified because the report is secret, and they declined to detail its contents. But the thrust, they said, is that China’s public reporting on cases and deaths is intentionally incomplete.


Trump: US will soon have more ventilators than it needs

Thursday, April 02, 2020

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the United States will soon have more ventilators than it needs and there will be enough eventually to send some to other countries.

Many state governors have complained that they do not have enough ventilators at present to meet the urgent need.


Ramat Gan Mayor: We may delay filing our petition with Supreme Court

Thursday, April 02, 2020

Ramat Gan Mayor Carmel Shama Hacohen responded on Wednesday evening to the Prime Minister's announcement on new restrictions on entry and exit to Bnei Brak.

"I am pleased to see the announcement in which the Prime Minister specifically addressed what is happening in the city of Bnei Brak and announced special and unprecedented steps. In light of the government's announcement, I will convene a special meeting tomorrow to assess the legal situation and examine the Prime Minister's announcement, and we will learn its details from the Israel Police which is supposed to implement it.”

"As long as the details of the announcement and the reality on the ground, which will be closely monitored by our local police and local authorities, testify that in reality the situation is different and for the better, we may delay the filing of our petition until Sunday, to give a real opportunity for the government to implement the resolutions,” added Shama Hacohen.


Health Minister Yaakov Litzman tests positive for coronavirus

Thursday, April 02, 2020

Health Minister Yaakov Litzman and his wife have tested positive for coronavirus, Litzman's office said on Wednesday night.

Litzman and his wife are feeling well, receiving proper care and will remain in isolation and supervision in accordance with the Ministry of Health's instructions.

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US to increase counter-narcotics efforts in East Pacific and Caribbean

Thursday, April 02, 2020

US President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that the United States will deploy Navy ships in the Caribbean and East Pacific to prevent drug cartels from taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic and smuggling more narcotics.

Speaking at a White House briefing, Trump said the move is needed because there is a “growing threat” that cartels and criminals will try to take advantage of the pandemic. “We must not let that happen,” he added.


Coronavirus face mask - do it yourself

Thursday, April 02, 2020
Doctor explains how to make the safest face mask to prevent infection.

Users reporting technical difficulties on WhatsApp

Thursday, April 02, 2020

Users in Israel and around the world are reporting difficulties in downloading files and recordings on WhatsApp.

According to some reports there are also issued with Facebook and Instagram.


Those returning from abroad will be tested for fever and symptoms

Thursday, April 02, 2020

The Ministry of Defense has updated the National Security Council (NSC) that the treatment mechanism for Israelis returning from abroad will begin operation upon completion of the logistical preparation.

Until the end of the preparations, all those returning from abroad will undergo temperature checks and be tested for coronavirus symptoms. Anyone who is found to have high fever or whp reports symptoms will be transferred to treatment by Magen David Adom at the Ben Gurion Airport, which will coordinate the rest of the treatment with the Ministry of Health. The rest of the passengers will sign forms confirming that they are able to maintain home isolation and will then be released to their homes. Anyone who is unable to perform home isolation will be transferred to one of “coronavirus hotels” of the Defense Ministry.


Watch: Daily White House briefing on coronavirus

Thursday, April 02, 2020
Members of the coronavirus task force hold press briefing from the White House.

PA: Israel thwarting the fight against coronavirus

Thursday, April 02, 2020

Palestinian Authority (PA) cabinet leader Mohammed Shtayyeh claimed on Wednesday that the real obstacle facing the Palestinians in their fight to prevent the spread of coronavirus is "the occupation, the settlers, the checkpoints and all measures taken to hamper our efforts to protect our people and stop the spread of the virus."

Shtayyeh’s remarks were made after it was reported that another 15 Palestinian Arabs had tested positive for COVID-19. According to the official PA news agency Wafa, the new cases are workers are at one of the factories in Atarot in northern Jerusalem.


Bnei Brak Mayor: My demand not to impose a closure was accepted

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Bnei Brak Mayor Avraham Rubinstein responded on Wednesday evening to the government's decisions on restrictions on entry and exit into his city.

"I welcome the fact that my demand not to apply a closure on Bnei Brak was accepted, and the balance the health of residents and the sustenance of living in a city that is already exceptionally crowded," Rubinstein said.


Blue and White sets weekend deadline for agreement on coalition

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Officials in the Blue and White party on Wednesday set a deadline for this weekend for coalition talks with the Likud to bear fruit, Kan 11 News reported.

"If by the end of the weekend an agreement is not reached, the talks will end," the officials reportedly said.


Half a million dollars raised for orphan twins of corona victim

Wednesday, April 01, 2020
Israelis donated more than $555,000 in 24 hours to crowdfunding campaign for twin 4-year-old orphans of woman who died of coronavirus.

Aid package: 'too little too late but better than nothing'

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

MK Yisrael Eichler (UTJ) voiced his satisfaction with the government's pledge to provide NIS 500 for every family member in light of the Corona crisis.

"I am pleased that the Prime Minister has responded to [the economic crisis] and understands the vital necessity for financial aid that will give many families a little breathing space ahead of their Passover preparations. A one-time NIS 500 package is too little, too late, but better than nothing," Eichler added.


In the time of Corona: increased demand for house pets

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Gush Etzion head veterinarian Dr. Ran Margalit discussed the growing demand for dog adoption since the outbreak of the coronavirus in an interview with Arutz Sheva.

"This is an unusual situation. Usually there are dozens of dogs jhere. Now there are just two left. Since the outbreak of the virus with everyone at home, the number of adoptions has increased."

"We are used to having a difficult time finding homes for dogs. I hope that even in ordinary times, people will continue adopting dogs...That way dogs will have a warm and loving home."


Terror widow dies of coronavirus

Wednesday, April 01, 2020
Fanny Aharfi, who lost husband in suicide bombing 17 years ago, succumbs to COVID-19 disease.

Widow of terror victim succumbs to coronavirus

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Lod resident, Fanny Aharfi, succumbed to the coronavirus today at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer at the age of 66.

Fanny lost her husband, Morris, 17 years ago in a double terrorist attack in Tel Aviv. Two suicide bombers blew themselves up with explosive belts at the old Central Bus Station in Tel-Aviv and Neve Sha'anan neighborhood.

More than a hundred people were injured, and 23 people killed as a result of the double attack, including Morris who was 60 at the time.


15 patients in geriatric ward at Meir Hospital may be corona carriers

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Kan 11 reported that Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba is investigating reports that 15 hospitalized patients in the geriatric ward are coronavirus carriers.


72-year-old corona patient dies at Shaare Zedek Medical Center

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

A 72-year-old man who arrived at Shaarei Zedek in very serious condition died in the morning.

The hospital said that due to the patient's serious condition, he received treatment in a secluded room by medical staff equipped with protective gear and that he was tested for coronavirus. The test returned a positive result in the evening.


Deri: Restrictions at entrances and exits to Bnei Brak only

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri (Shas) clarified the prime minister's guidelines on tightening quarantine orders in Bnei Brak.

"Inside Bnei Brak - it's the same as for all other Israeli citizens. Within the city, you can go shopping or get some fresh air like everywhere else. [Extra] restrictions only apply to city entrances and exits. Residents of Bnei Brak can do anything anyone else in the country can," he said.


R' Chaim supports buying letters in United for Protection Torah

Wednesday, April 01, 2020
Rabbi Chaim Kanievksy has encouraged and endorsed the Miracle Sefer Torah of Healing.

New threat: 'invisible infection'

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

New studies reveal that between a quarter and a half of coronavirus carriers show no signs of sickness and may continue to inadvertently infect others around them.


Netanyahu: We may be on our way to taking control of pandemic

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Netanyahu said that, "We are beginning to see signs that perhaps thanks to the measures we have taken, we are on our way to taking control of the pandemic, but it is too early to say this for sure."


Netanyahu: Seder with the nuclear family only

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Prime Minister Netanyahu called on Israeli citizens to "[hold] the Seder meal only with the nuclear family already living with you."


Netanyahu: Wear masks in public

Wednesday, April 01, 2020
PM addresses Corona Crisis, noting that restrictions will be tightened in Bnei Brak.

Netanyahu: We will restrict traffic in Bnei Brak

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Prime Minister Netanyahu announces traffic restrictions in the Bnei Brak area.

"I instructed all the offices to provide special assistance to the city of Bnei Brak. We have decided to reduce entry and exit to and from the city to the bare minimum."

"This is good for Israeli citizens..."


Netanyahu: We will either move forward or deteriorate

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Prime Minister Netanyahu warned during a statement to the media that Israel is at the crossroads and would either continue to advance or deteriorate, reaching situations experienced by countries around the world.

"We are still in the midst of an international tsunami. The Corona virus is infected the whole world. In the tough test that is imposed on us we are determined to overcome. So far, we have made the right decisions while on the move and haven't fallen into the trap of complacency - today we are stand at a crossroads."


Netanyahu: Everyone making huge effort to overcome virus

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Prime Minister Netanyahu said tonight that he is working to curb the Corona pandemic, "We are all putting in a huge effort day and night to overcome the virus."


Special needs facility worker contracts virus

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

An employee at the "ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran Rehabilitation Village" attending to individuals with special needs and disabilities in the Negev tested positive for COVID-19 this morning.

The employee worked in a complex nursing ward housing 28 tenants - at-risk children and adults up to 60 years of age.


Blue and White denies official residence reports

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

The Blue and White Party responded to a Channel 13 report that it had agreed with the Likud to an official residence for party leader Gantz during Netanyahu's premiership in the impending rotation government.

"Gantz intends to continue living in his home in Rosh HaAyin until he becomes the actual prime minister," the party said.


'Further market deterioration to result in serious unemployment rise'

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Kan 11 reported that according to The Treasury, any further exacerbation of restrictions on the labor market - which dropped from 30% activity to 15% this week - will bring the number of unemployed from 1,000,000 to 1,400,000.


A second prime minister's residence?

Wednesday, April 01, 2020
Coalition deal reportedly includes provisions granting both Netanyahu and Gantz same status in several areas such as personal security.

Erdan: Preparations for extended enforcement at supermarkets

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan said police were preparing for expanded enforcement of Ministry of Health guidelines at supermarkets including on Pesach eve.

"Police will be deployed across the country on Passover eve. If we adhere to guidelines, we may soon be released to freedom," Erdan said referencing the Exodus story in an interview to Galei Tzahal.


Jerusalem leads in coronavirus cases with 807

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

According to a Kan News report Jerusalem leads the country in coronavirus cases with 807, Bnei Brak has 723 and Tel Aviv is third with 301 cases.

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Number of dead in Italy lowest so far this week

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

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