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New study suggests 50% of people have innate immunity to COVID

36 people had virus dripped into their noses. Only 18 became infected.

Study suggests 50% of people have innate immunity to COVID

COVID testing prior to boarding flight home may be scrapped

Government hopes abolishing pre-flight testing will encourage more Israelis to vacation abroad.

COVID testing prior to boarding flight home may be scrapped

Strike averted as Teachers' Union reaches agreement with government

Antigen tests to be handed out to teachers as well as students; results to be verified via spot checks.

Strike averted as Teachers' Union reaches agreement

New COVID testing guidelines for children 'doomed to failure'

"The rules make no sense and place an intolerable burden upon us," say parents who admit they have no intention of complying.

New COVID testing guidelines for kids 'doomed to failure'

PM calls Netanyahu 'anti-patriotic' for mocking antigen tests

Likud responds: Israelis being forced to pay for unreliable tests; Bennett has lost control of the situation.

PM calls Netanyahu 'anti-patriotic' for mocking antigen tests

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett: We're in this together

"I understand the frustration; I know how hard this is. We will all need a lot of patience and staying power to get through this."

Bennett: We're in this together

5 more cases of new Covid-19 mutation found in Israel

New cases discovered in lab study of samples taken over past few months, meaning that mutation is likely already spreading.

5 more cases of new Covid-19 mutation found in Israel

Saliva test for COVID to be trialed in Israel

If new test is validated, it will enable faster screening - just 45 minutes until results are obtained.

Saliva test for COVID to be trialed in Israel

Watch: Anti-vaxxer protesters trash NYC testing center

A group protesting NYC's vaccine mandate attacked a COVID-19 testing station in Union Square.

Watch: Anti-vaxxer protesters trash NYC testing center player

COVID testing in Uman collapses into chaos

No one can return home without a test result, but many tests taken on Monday still weren't ready three days later.

COVID testing in Uman collapses into chaos

Man assaults medical staffer who gave him positive COVID test result

Staffer needed medical treatment following assault. Suspect to be summoned for questioning once he recovers.

Man assaults staffer who gave him positive COVID test result

Special restrictions for those traveling to Uman approved

Govt expects around 30,000 Israelis to travel to Uman for Rosh Hashanah.

Special restrictions for those traveling to Uman approved

Senior Fatah official contracts COVID-19

The director of Fatah issued a Facebook statement asking those near him to get tested, and apologizing for having to cancel meetings.

Senior Fatah official contracts COVID-19

Labor Court ruling: Employers may force staff to be vaccinated or tested for Covid-19

Tel Aviv Labor Court ruled that employer's demand for unvaxxed to be tested twice weekly for COVID was reasonable.

Court: Employers can force workers to be vaccinated or tested

Home Front Command to conduct serological testing for children

Over a million school-age children will be tested prior to the start of the new academic year.

Home Front Command to conduct serological testing for children

Over 1000 new coronavirus cases in a single day

In a worrying trend of increasing morbidity, Israel once again saw more than 1,000 new positive tests over the last 24 hours.

Over 1000 new coronavirus cases in a single day

Giant COVID testing tent in Ben-Gurion airport

Several government ministries have joined together to create a massive open-air testing center in Ben-Gurion airport.

Giant COVID testing tent in Ben-Gurion airport

Quidel partners with San Diego Padres organization for COVID-19 testing

Frequent COVID-19 testing program keeps Padres front office team and Petco Park staff feeling “safe at home”

Quidel named “official diagnostics partner” for MLB franchise

Beaches to reopen after tar spill

After careful testing and the involvement of numerous ministries, Israel's Mediterranean coast is slowly getting back to normal.

Beaches to reopen after tar spill

8.6% test positive, 272 die since beginning of week

Health Ministry says about 8,013 test positive yesterday with rate at 8.6%.

8.6% test positive, 272 die since beginning of week

IDF soon to be testing 100,000 people per day for coronavirus

Health Ministry may also charge IDF with vaccination program.

IDF soon to be testing 100,000 people per day for coronavirus

What is the 'PCR test'?

Dr. Thomas Cowan: 'You cannot use a surrogate test to prove anything, and that is what is happening with these tests.'

What is the 'PCR test'?player

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 makers

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Report alleges minimal oversight of yeshiva 'capsule' system

Gov't denies allegations that thousands of students have not been tested for coronavirus.

Report alleges minimal oversight of yeshiva 'capsule' system

100 Israelis to receive experimental vaccine

First Biological Institute trial against coronavirus moves to advanced stage of clinical trials in humans.

100 Israelis to receive experimental vaccine

'The whole country is red - the only difference is the number of tests done'

Druze mayor of Daliyat Al-Karmel says he's tested a third of residents for coronavirus. "You show me another town with a rate like that."

'Every single town would be red if they did enough tests'

Health Ministry making preparations to cope with a thousand new coronavirus cases per day

"Now we have to learn how to live with the coronavirus," says Professor Sigal Sadetzsky.

'We're preparing for a thousand new virus cases per day'

New drive-thru coronavirus testing center opened at Tapuah Junction in Samaria

'Within weeks we'll test all residents of Samaria' says Yossi Dagan, Samaria Regional Council head.

New drive-thru virus testing center in Samaria

Experts warn that coronavirus tests have high rate of false-negatives

Many countries are relying on testing to get people back to work; research shows high rate of false-negatives makes testing unreliable.

Coronavirus tests could be just 50% accurate, experts warn

'We came here to live, not to die' says elderly resident of retirement home

Elderly resident of retirement home posts clip expressing her fears of coronavirus. Two fellow residents have already succumbed.

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Prof. Gabi Barbash: 'The public should be told that the inconvenience is paying off'

Professor Gabi Barbash sees a downward trend in the number of new cases, but cautions that no one knows if it will continue.

'People need to know that the inconvenience is paying off'

MK Ayelet Shaked: 'We have to start getting people back to work after Passover'

Former Justice Minister says mass testing of population will enable people to get back to work within weeks.

Shaked: Gradually restarting the economy after Passover

Auto manufacturers save big

Special development by Dassault Systèmes enables car manufacturers to carry out crash testing without real cars or dolls simulating people.

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IDF Blows Up Sand in Hunt for Safe Windows

Near a southern airport, IDF workers are bombing a fake building. The goal – to find the world’s safest windows.

IDF Blows Up Sand in Hunt for Safe Windowsplayer