Health Ministry Director: 'We won't force people to take vaccine'

Health Ministry Director: 'We won't force people to take vaccine'

Health Ministry Director Hezy Levy to reporters: 'We won't force people to take a vaccine; Israeli law doesn't allow for it.'Mordechai Sones, Wednesday, 6:26 PM
Health Ministry reports 562 patients, investigation reveals only 392; gap 'explained'

Health Ministry reports 562 patients, investigation reveals only 392; gap 'explained'

Reason: 'There are actually 2 numbers: Those hospitalized in COVID-dedicated departments, and those who already passed contagious stage.'Mordechai Sones, 11/22/2020, 1:04 PM
Israel’s health officials run amok

Israel’s health officials run amok

Israel’s leadership has abandoned 'first, do no harm' principle by demanding obedience to authority at expense of personal freedom. OpinionDennis Mitzner, 11/21/2020, 6:00 PM
Prof. Hezi Levy: 'Pfizer isn't only source of vaccines'

Prof. Hezi Levy: 'Pfizer isn't only source of vaccines'

Health Ministry Director mentions contract items 'that were subject of debate; with some of them we did well, with others less so.'Mordechai Sones, 11/15/2020, 9:33 AM
306 COVID-19 patients in critical condition, 134 on ventilator

306 COVID-19 patients in critical condition, 134 on ventilator

Number of severe and ventilated patients continues to decline also today. Number of active COVID-19 carriers is 8,066.Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/10/2020, 8:00 PM
Health Ministry to recommend mandatory vaccine law to deal with vaccine refusers

Health Ministry to recommend mandatory vaccine law to deal with vaccine refusers

Medical law expert: Law forcing citizens to immunize 'constitutes fatal violation of basic rights and freedoms of the individual.'Mordechai Sones, 11/10/2020, 4:38 PM
Prof. Grotto describes 'frustration' as he leaves Health Ministry post

Prof. Grotto describes 'frustration' as he leaves Health Ministry post

"The government refused to adopt so many of our recommendations, but when things went wrong, we were blamed."Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/8/2020, 11:27 PM
Deputy director of Health Ministry, Prof. Itamar Grotto, announces resignation

Deputy director of Health Ministry, Prof. Itamar Grotto, announces resignation

Grotto served in his current position for the last 13 years.Reut Hadar, 11/8/2020, 7:05 PM
Edelstein: Opening up the entire economy? Populist discourse

Edelstein: Opening up the entire economy? Populist discourse

Health Minister: I'm tired of this discourse of hatred, let's stop blaming one another.Hezki Baruch, 11/1/2020, 3:18 AM
Italy, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Serbia added to list of red countries

Italy, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Serbia added to list of red countries

Vietnam will enter the list of green countries. Greece's status as a green country will be re-examined in about a week.Ben Ariel, 10/30/2020, 4:59 AM
COVID-19 patients' treatment to be examined, but findings hidden forever

COVID-19 patients' treatment to be examined, but findings hidden forever

Health Ministry appoints special committee to examine treatment of patients in all hospitals, but findings will remain confidential forever.Mordechai Sones, 10/29/2020, 1:48 PM
Finance Minister Yisrael Katz: 'Health Ministry detached from the people'

Finance Minister Yisrael Katz: 'Health Ministry detached from the people'

Minister Katz sharply attacks Health Ministry, that opposes opening businesses, ahead of Corona cabinet discussions. 'What's this insanity?'Mordechai Sones, 10/29/2020, 8:56 AM
Rate of verified COVID-19 carriers today: only 1.8%

Rate of verified COVID-19 carriers today: only 1.8%

Condition of 464 hospitalized COVID-19 patients defined severe tonight, 196 on ventilator; 123 patients hospitalized in moderate condition.Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/27/2020, 8:50 PM
Video resurfaces from March showing Health Ministry officials in candid moment

Video resurfaces from March showing Health Ministry officials in candid moment

Senior Health Ministry officials spoke between themselves in preparation for press briefing, not realizing they were broadcasting live.Mordechai Sones, 10/24/2020, 8:07 PM
Health Ministry finds children more likely to catch COVID-19 than adults

Health Ministry finds children more likely to catch COVID-19 than adults

Ministry warns: 'Reopening schools may accelerate virus spread.' Doctors tell Arutz Sheva findings are 'manipulative and erroneous'Mordechai Sones, 10/22/2020, 1:38 PM
Health Ministry fears morbidity may soon rise

Health Ministry fears morbidity may soon rise

Senior Health Ministry source says if violations of guidelines continue throughout country within week, downward morbidity trend may reverseArutz Sheva Staff, 10/20/2020, 9:03 PM
Edelstein: 4.2 million flu vaccines to arrive in Israel

Edelstein: 4.2 million flu vaccines to arrive in Israel

Health Ministry purchases almost twice as many vaccines as last year. Regarding COVID-19: 'We'll bring proposal to increase fines.'Mordechai Sones, 10/20/2020, 5:15 PM
26 die from beginning of Shabbat, positive rate yesterday - 4.5%

26 die from beginning of Shabbat, positive rate yesterday - 4.5%

Number of patients in a critical condition is 689, while number of patients connected to ventilator is 238.Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/17/2020, 7:03 PM
Another animal-to-human disease: leptospirosis

Another animal-to-human disease: leptospirosis

Around 50 cases of this disease have been reported recently, mostly among tourists who took dips in the country's rivers.Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/13/2020, 3:20 PM
'Strict adherence to guidelines will get us out of lockdown faster'

'Strict adherence to guidelines will get us out of lockdown faster'

Health Ministry official expresses cautious optimism on improving situation. 'Winter will pose a double challenge," he notes.Nitzan Keidar, 10/11/2020, 9:50 PM
'We're gaining control over the epidemic' says head of Public Health Services

'We're gaining control over the epidemic' says head of Public Health Services

Although morbidity statistics are encouraging, the government will still proceed with caution.Ido Ben Porat, 10/11/2020, 8:26 PM
Health Ministry official suspected of taking bribes to remove names from quarantine list

Health Ministry official suspected of taking bribes to remove names from quarantine list

Suspect worked in Health Ministry office dealing with public inquiries into quarantine status.Ido Ben Porat, 10/11/2020, 7:43 PM
872 COVID-19 patients reported critical, 220 on ventilator

872 COVID-19 patients reported critical, 220 on ventilator

3,007 test positive since midnight, with death toll reported at 1,784, and 1,609 COVID-19 patients hospitalized.Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/6/2020, 8:56 PM
Corona rules: What was crucial for Yom Kippur is just as crucial for Sukkot

Corona rules: What was crucial for Yom Kippur is just as crucial for Sukkot

The health instructions and warnings presented for Yom Kippur are just as applicable to the Sukkot holiday. Be careful!Dr. Murray Werzberger, 10/1/2020, 11:00 PM
'Finance Ministry is to blame for crisis in hospitals' says Physicians' Association head

'Finance Ministry is to blame for crisis in hospitals' says Physicians' Association head

Shortage of doctors has been known issue for months, but only now is the Health Ministry appealing for retired doctors to return.Orly Harari, 9/23/2020, 4:15 PM
Former Health Minister: Closure intended to cover government COVID-19 management failure

Former Health Minister: Closure intended to cover government COVID-19 management failure

Chaim Ramon: 'I'm sorry Netanyahu and his ministers are adopting this policy, which will bring upon us a health and economic disaster.'Mordechai Sones, 9/23/2020, 12:51 PM
Finger-pointing as COVID-19 carriers board flights abroad

Finger-pointing as COVID-19 carriers board flights abroad

Six months into outbreak, Health Ministry and Border Control still disconnected as 5 COVID carriers fly from Israel to Serbia and Turkey.Arutz Sheva Staff, 9/22/2020, 10:40 PM
Health Ministry scrubs stats from coronavirus website

Health Ministry scrubs stats from coronavirus website

After hospitals mistakenly labelled as being at over 100% capacity in coronavirus wards, Health Ministry removes stats from its website.David Rosenberg, 9/22/2020, 3:16 PM
Hospitals say they could admit more patients, but Health Ministry is misleading

Hospitals say they could admit more patients, but Health Ministry is misleading

Health Ministry claims COVID wards countrywide overcrowded but some hospital sources say reality differs from picture presented to publicMordechai Sones, 9/22/2020, 12:50 AM
Problem of yeshiva students solved

Problem of yeshiva students solved

Demand by Minister Rabbi Rafi Peretz accepted: Post H.S.and hesder yeshiva students may stay in yeshiva until Yom Kippur, then return home.Hezki Baruch, 9/15/2020, 8:22 PM
Watch: Shofar blowing at Health Min. Corona command center

Watch: Shofar blowing at Health Min. Corona command center

Toast at Health Ministry culminates with shofar blowing.Arutz Sheva Staff, 9/14/2020, 11:30 AM
Health Ministry recommends closure on holidays

Health Ministry recommends closure on holidays

Senior HM official: 'We're in direction of national epidemic, even in green cities. Therefore, traffic light model currently cannot work.'Mordechai Sones, 9/10/2020, 9:59 AM
Health Ministry reports COVID-19 carrier returning from Istanbul

Health Ministry reports COVID-19 carrier returning from Istanbul

Passengers on flight asked to enter isolation until September 14th.Mordechai Sones, 9/8/2020, 4:01 PM
Shas MK: Why can't 30 people pray outside?

Shas MK: Why can't 30 people pray outside?

MK Michael Malchieli criticizes the attitude toward the haredi public during the coronavirus crisis.Hezki Baruch, 9/8/2020, 3:06 AM
'Coronavirus disease isn't dangerous to children at all'

'Coronavirus disease isn't dangerous to children at all'

Prof. Lass opens program with beginning school year under COVID-19 specter: 'In today's situation, facts don't matter; anxiety's growing.'Mordechai Sones, 9/3/2020, 2:48 PM
'About 40% of COVID-19 deaths below average age in Israel'

'About 40% of COVID-19 deaths below average age in Israel'

Official data: Out of 936 dead, 65 were under 60, and 236 were aged 80-70; 'youngest to die in Israel of coronavirus was 19 years old.'Mordechai Sones, 9/3/2020, 1:43 PM
Health Ministry sued in Freedom of Information Act COVID-19 request

Health Ministry sued in Freedom of Information Act COVID-19 request

Doctors, journalists, hundreds of citizens hire attorney after Health Ministry repeatedly ignores queries on mortality, testing, treatment.Mordechai Sones, 9/3/2020, 11:46 AM
List of 'green countries' expanded

List of 'green countries' expanded

Australia, UAE, Ireland, Thailand and other countries added to list of countries from which returnees will not be required isolation.Orli Harari, 8/31/2020, 12:12 AM
Health Ministry to provide funding for early childhood centers

Health Ministry to provide funding for early childhood centers

Health Ministry, local authorities, sign agreement preventing closure of early childhood centers.Arutz Sheva Staff, 8/27/2020, 6:18 PM
Health Ministry: 53 coronavirus deaths weren't recorded

Health Ministry: 53 coronavirus deaths weren't recorded

Health Min. Yuli Edelstein orders investigation after 53 coronavirus deaths found not to be counted in coronavirus statistics.Orly Harari, 8/19/2020, 2:54 PM
Health Ministry opposes shortening quarantine period for exposed who are asymptomatic

Health Ministry opposes shortening quarantine period for exposed who are asymptomatic

'Not enough information to decide what percentage will develop symptoms after quarantine,' National Knowledge & Information Center says.Arutz Sheva Staff, 8/17/2020, 1:57 PM
Professor Yoram Lass to Arutz Sheva: 'Pandemic psychosis'

Professor Yoram Lass to Arutz Sheva: 'Pandemic psychosis'

Former HM Director: 'Pandemic psychosis virus is new means of communication; social networks never existed in previous viral pandemics.'Mordechai Sones, 8/13/2020, 12:34 PM
Arutz Sheva clarifies Health Ministry COVID-19 policy

Arutz Sheva clarifies Health Ministry COVID-19 policy

Health Ministry: 'Any COVID-19 positive patient who has died during his hospitalization will likely be reported as COVID-19 death.'Mordechai Sones, 8/11/2020, 4:27 PM
Health Ministry says ten died from coronavirus in one day

Health Ministry says ten died from coronavirus in one day

Health Ministry reports increase in number of deaths reaching 612.Arutz Sheva Staff, 8/10/2020, 9:19 PM
Health Ministry returning to strict testing policy

Health Ministry returning to strict testing policy

Ministry of Health will perform a coronavirus test for anyone who comes in contact with a verified patient.Ben Ariel, 8/4/2020, 1:11 AM
Weekend lockdown to continue

Weekend lockdown to continue

Ministry of Health supports abolition of partial lockdown on weekends. Discussion on the issue will be held next week.Hezki Baruch, 7/31/2020, 12:12 AM
18 children per class, combined with remote learning

18 children per class, combined with remote learning

Health Ministry presents plan for returning to school, with no restrictions up to age 6; grades 1-12 to be taught in groups up to 18.Mordechai Sones, 7/23/2020, 8:11 AM
2,000 new cases of coronavirus in one day

2,000 new cases of coronavirus in one day

Ministry of Health says the total number of active cases is 32,345, of which 237 are in serious condition.Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/23/2020, 2:14 AM
Number of coronavirus deaths rises to 424

Number of coronavirus deaths rises to 424

Two die after contracting coronavirus since noon. Since midnight, 1,203 test positive in Israel.Mordechai Sones, 7/21/2020, 8:25 PM
Ministers decide: Significant addition to health system manpower

Ministers decide: Significant addition to health system manpower

Health and Finance Ministers agree on reinforcement of 2,000 nurses, 400 doctors, manpower, and additional procurement for health system.Mordechai Sones, 7/20/2020, 9:00 PM
Israeli doctors slam Health Ministry's calls for tighter restrictions

Israeli doctors slam Health Ministry's calls for tighter restrictions

'Protect the old, let the young go out.' 130 Israeli doctors sign onto letter accusing Health Ministry of causing 'economic disaster'.David Rosenberg, 7/19/2020, 7:53 PM
Coronavirus hits 8200 Intelligence Unit

Coronavirus hits 8200 Intelligence Unit

More than a hundred unit soldiers rest positive, number in isolation steadily rising. Health Ministry: We're approaching need for closure.Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/13/2020, 10:59 PM
In July, 3,495 coronavirus cases diagnosed thanks to Shabak tracking

In July, 3,495 coronavirus cases diagnosed thanks to Shabak tracking

Meeting to discuss Shabak (ISA) tracking methods, Health Ministry management of coronavirus quarantines.Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/13/2020, 12:37 PM
Rise in number of coronavirus fatalities and those in serious condition

Rise in number of coronavirus fatalities and those in serious condition

1,151 test coronavirus positive in past day. Death toll reported at 362, number of critically ill stands at 151.Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/12/2020, 10:12 PM
Health Ministry to reduce number of coronavirus tests per day?

Health Ministry to reduce number of coronavirus tests per day?

Health funds protest high volume of coronavirus tests, as Health Ministry weighs options to reduce eligibility for testing.Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/8/2020, 1:20 PM
748 test positive, 5 reported dead

748 test positive, 5 reported dead

Official coronavirus numbers continue to rise in terms of number of patients in serious condition with death toll officially at 342.Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/7/2020, 7:45 PM
Company recalls oil mislabeled as canola oil

Company recalls oil mislabeled as canola oil

Israeli company announces labeling mistake, requests concerned customers return products in exchange for refund.Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/6/2020, 12:36 PM