4 cases of South African variant detected in Israel

4 cases of South African variant detected in Israel

Health Ministry says a total of 12 cases have been identified so far in Israel from the South African variant.Arutz Sheva Staff, 1/17/2021, 12:24 AM
8.6% test positive, 272 die since beginning of week

8.6% test positive, 272 die since beginning of week

Health Ministry says about 8,013 test positive yesterday with rate at 8.6%.Arutz Sheva Staff, 1/16/2021, 6:51 PM
New COVID mutation identified from Brazil

New COVID mutation identified from Brazil

Health Ministry seeks to have people returning from Brazil enter hotel isolation upon discovery of a new, highly contagious variation.Arutz Sheva Staff, 1/14/2021, 7:48 PM
Returnees from South Africa required to go into isolation in hotels

Returnees from South Africa required to go into isolation in hotels

No cases of South African COVID-19 variant detected in Israel to date. Samples of five people who returned from South Africa being tested.Arutz Sheva North America Staff, 1/8/2021, 10:07 PM
Edelstein stops allocation of vaccines to Ichilov Hospital

Edelstein stops allocation of vaccines to Ichilov Hospital

Move comes after the hospital vaccinated teachers in violation of guidelines. The hospital explains: We had leftover doses.Ben Ariel, 1/5/2021, 3:33 AM
Top Health Ministry official: The vaccination operation is amazing

Top Health Ministry official: The vaccination operation is amazing

Head of Health Ministry's public health services division, to Arutz Sheva: Going into lockdown now will put us in a better place later.Yoni Kempinski, 1/3/2021, 11:41 PM
Health Min. Director: 30 people die each day from COVID

Health Min. Director: 30 people die each day from COVID

Prof. Hezi Levy says general population may be able to begin receiving vaccines in February.Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/31/2020, 6:49 PM
Doctor responds to Likud seat being saved for former Health Ministry Director

Doctor responds to Likud seat being saved for former Health Ministry Director

Internal medicine and gastroenterology specialist condemns policy represented by Bar Simantov: 'A man is known by the company he keeps.'Mordechai Sones, 12/31/2020, 12:30 PM
Liberman: I will demand the Finance Ministry

Liberman: I will demand the Finance Ministry

Yisrael Beytenu chairman says his party will demand the Finance, Health and Internal Security Ministries in the next government.Hezki Baruch, 12/30/2020, 5:05 AM
'We fell into the Twilight Zone of COVID'

'We fell into the Twilight Zone of COVID'

Association of Public Health Physicians Chairman thinks current closure was unnecessary.Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/29/2020, 10:24 PM
Head of epidemiology in Health Ministry resigns, citing Home Front Command's incompetence

Head of epidemiology in Health Ministry resigns, citing Home Front Command's incompetence

"Army officers suddenly became undisputed experts in epidemiological research despite lacking any training," top health official explained.Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/23/2020, 3:45 PM
Government plans to tackle issue of 20% willingness to vaccinate

Government plans to tackle issue of 20% willingness to vaccinate

Arutz Sheva asks Health Ministry Coronavirus Vaccine Trial Advisory Committee member to clarify strategy to improve willingness to vaccinateMordechai Sones, 12/19/2020, 9:07 PM
Health Ministry defines all countries as 'red'

Health Ministry defines all countries as 'red'

The move means Israelis returning from any country in the world will be forced into isolation for 10 days.Elad Benari, Canada, 12/18/2020, 9:41 PM
'Either there's no plague, or they tested the wrong population'

'Either there's no plague, or they tested the wrong population'

Former Health Ministry Director: 'No convincing evidence mortality dropped for simple reason no one died from COVID-19 in entire sample.'Mordechai Sones, 12/16/2020, 7:01 PM
It's back to lockdown... 2,862 new COVID diagnoses

It's back to lockdown... 2,862 new COVID diagnoses

All retail to shut, schools to remain open in green & yellow areas.Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/16/2020, 8:48 AM
Health Minister Yuli Edelstein: 'We're going to shut stores again'

Health Minister Yuli Edelstein: 'We're going to shut stores again'

"Effects of vaccination program won't be felt till March. We're just a week away from harsher restrictions."Hezki Baruch, 12/15/2020, 2:26 PM
Health ministry officials meet with haredi rabbinical judges to push coronavirus vaccine

Health ministry officials meet with haredi rabbinical judges to push coronavirus vaccine

"We're not opposed to COVID vaccine in principle," says Court head, "but it's premature to sanction it."Tal Polon, 12/15/2020, 10:33 AM
COVID Czar: We need to persuade people this vaccine is safe

COVID Czar: We need to persuade people this vaccine is safe

Prof. Ash insists side-effects are minimal, normal life will only resume if enough people get the shot.Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/15/2020, 10:10 AM
Report: 75% of Israelis intend to refuse vaccination

Report: 75% of Israelis intend to refuse vaccination

Polls indicate up to 75% of Israelis planning to refuse inoculation, Health Min. offering incentives to offset citizens' concerns.ILTV, 12/14/2020, 7:12 PM
Vaccination operation to commence in days

Vaccination operation to commence in days

Health Ministry sends vaccine samples to laboratory in UK to verify these are indeed vaccines that were ordered.Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/12/2020, 9:33 PM
Hanukkah restrictions apply only to Jewish localities

Hanukkah restrictions apply only to Jewish localities

Health Ministry recommends every evening on Hanukkah starting at 5:30 PM, gatherings of two persons not from one nuclear family forbidden.Mordechai Sones, 12/10/2020, 9:02 AM
All malls to reopen

All malls to reopen

Following success of pilot for reopening of malls, Coronavirus Cabinet approves opening of all malls that meet health guidelines.Orli Harari, 12/9/2020, 1:07 AM
Night lockdown will not be imposed on Hanukkah after all

Night lockdown will not be imposed on Hanukkah after all

Due to 'legal difficulties' in imposing nightly lockdown, cabinet meeting postponed; traffic restrictions remain unclear.Mordechai Sones, 12/8/2020, 6:45 PM
'COVID-19 management's wrong; learn from the haredim'

'COVID-19 management's wrong; learn from the haredim'

'Common Sense Model' to treat COVID proponent Prof. Motti Gerlic explains where health system erred, suggesting alternative.Mordechai Sones, 12/3/2020, 9:48 AM
Does Health Ministry manipulate numbers to increase fear?

Does Health Ministry manipulate numbers to increase fear?

Ministry cancels COVID-19 testing op for concern test results would lower national morbidity data rate, which would pressure decision makersMordechai Sones, 12/1/2020, 3:45 PM
Health Ministry director Prof. Grotto: COVID vaccines to start arriving within weeks

Health Ministry director Prof. Grotto: COVID vaccines to start arriving within weeks

First batch of vaccines to be designated for high-risk population; Grotto predicts high levels of uptake.Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/1/2020, 2:57 PM
Israeli doctors to help coronavirus-stricken region of Italy

Israeli doctors to help coronavirus-stricken region of Italy

An emergency delegation from the Ministry of Health will set out for Italian province with a widespread outbreak of COVID-19.Ben Ariel, 12/1/2020, 4:44 AM
New plan to open malls

New plan to open malls

Coronavirus cabinet approves new plan to open malls, part of which permitted occupancy of visitors in stores will be changed.Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/30/2020, 10:20 PM
Health Ministry considers closing malls

Health Ministry considers closing malls

Health Ministry considering ordering closure of malls following photos seen Friday and 'increase in morbidity'.Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/28/2020, 8:48 PM
Health Ministry closes Dead Sea hotel after COVID discovered

Health Ministry closes Dead Sea hotel after COVID discovered

Health Ministry suspends operations after 10 kitchen and sanitation workers test COVID positive at Isrotel Dead Sea Hotel.Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/28/2020, 5:43 PM
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, 11/25/2020, 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