Coronavirus: Daily Israel Updates - June.
Israel's first Covid-19 Coronavirus case was diagnosed on February 21, 2020. There are now over 24,000 diagnosed cases with over 300 deaths having been recorded. Since the recent spike in cases began, we are seeing that the pathogen is far more widely spread, while there are hot-spot cities and towns, it is no longer concentrated on a few. We have to make lifestyle adjustments and learn to live with Corona.
Wear a face mask in public areas, keep the 2m social distancing directive and practice good hygiene.
WEARING A MASK IS HARD, HAVING CORONA IS HARDER. WEAR A MASK!
30 June - 5:19am
- As the world ebbs towards 10.5 million coronavirus cases, Israel records a total of 24,431 cases. Yesterday, 686 new cases were diagnosed. Israel has not seen such a rise since March 31st when 663 new cases were diagnosed. The number of active cases now stands at 6,904. Forty three are in serious condition and of them 24 are being ventilated. Another fatality yesterday brings the total number of deaths up to 319. Recoveries stand at 17,218 cases. - Worldometer
- Hardest hit, according to the Health Ministry, was Ashdod reporting 55 new cases yesterday and Jerusalem reported 77 new cases.
- Following his promise for 'new initiatives' yesterday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Israel Katz announced on Monday a NIS 2 billion recovery plan for self-employed workers and business owners to aid their recovery during the coronavirus pandemic. The plan includes special grants of up to NIS 400,000 for businesses whose turnover is up to NIS 20 million a year, who lost at least 60 percent of their gross revenue in May-June. Businesses with a turnover of up to NIS 100 million, who have lost at least 80 percent of their gross revenue during May-June, will receive the same compensation. Those who are self-employed with a turnover of up to NIS 300,000 will receive a grant as well, though the statement did not specify the exact criteria.
- National Insurance Institute (Bituach Leumi) reports that, since the beginning of the crisis, 673,567 people have not yet returned to work. Almost 1.1 million Israelis have requested unemployment benefits (Avtala).
- Serological or antibody testing began Monday at Maccabi and Clalit health services, as part of an operation to carry out around 70,000 serological tests across the country. - Jpost
- According to Sheba Medical Center’s Dr. Eyal Zimlichman, the average age of Israelis being infected is now around 40.
- Israeli aviation company Israir has announced that it will cease operating all flights to the city of Eilat in light of the coronavirus crisis. -Globes
- Only 289 'mask-fines' were handed out yesterday bringing the total number up to 2,608 - N12
29 June - 3:30pm
- The Corona Cabinet latest decisions. From July 9th - N12 reports
- Events in a closed venue - up to 100 people; outside events - up to 250 people
- Weddings and Bar-mitzvot until 9.7.20 - 250 people. Thereafter 250 people in an open space only - otherwise 100 people in a closed venue
- Synagogues and houses of worship, circumcisions and funerals - up to 50 people
- Cultural events - up to 250 people
- Institutes of higher learning: remote examinations
- Public servants - 30% to work from home
- Summer schools will operate as intended starting on July 1 for kindergartners and children in grades 1-4. Several classes will be held outside, and if conditions allow, the average number of students per class will be reduced from 35 students to 28. - Jpost
- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to take new initiatives to help the Israel economy heal - "I will make sure that the money that has been promised will get to people and will propose innovative new programs to get the economy moving."
29 June - 6:38am
- Since the beginning of the outbreak there have been 23,735 diagnosed coronavirus cases in Israel. Yesterday 334 cases were diagnosed bringing the number of active cases to 6,363, thirty nine are reported to be in serious condition and 22 of these patients are being ventilated. The total number of fatalities in Israel is 318 (2%). - Worldometer.
- Unemployment rate - 20.73% which is 0.6% less than the previous week. - N12
- Over the last 3 days Jerusalem reports 98 new cases, Bnei Brak - 67 cases, Tel Aviv-Yaffo - 57 cases and Bat Yam reports 46 new cases of the coronavirus. -N12
- Corona cabinet met Sunday but no decisions were made. Most are against reimposing restrictions. Meeting will resume today.
- Also under discussion yesterday; increased monitoring of the public and extending the authority of regional inspectors.
- Ministry of Health recommendations for the current wave:
- Limitation of religious and other gatherings
- Remote examinations for institutes of higher learning
- Return to capsule working environment and work-from-home option
- Prof. Jonathan Gershoni from Tel Aviv University’s School of Molecular Cell Biology and Biotechnology “There is no change in the virus. The virus has not weakened.”
- Channel 13 poll: 85% of the population are concerned about the stability of their financial welfare.
- Protests outside the home of Finance Minister Yisrael Katz continue. Unlike others, members of Israel's entertainment industry have still not received financial compensation
- International news:
- Global death toll over 0.5 million. More than 4,700 people are dying every 24 hours from COVID-19-linked illness based on an average from June 1 to 27. That equates to 196 people per hour, or one person every 18 seconds. - Reuters
28 June - 5:19 am
- Some worrying numbers over the weekend in Israel: a total of 1,021 new cases diagnosed on Friday and Saturday bringing the total number of active cases to 6,102. Forty one patients are in serious condition and of them, 23 are being ventilated. Eight new deaths were reported over the weekend bringing the total number of fatalities to 317. A 19-year-old woman, with multiple underlying health conditions, died of COVID-19, over the weekend becoming the country's youngest victim of the pandemic.
- A COVID-19 outbreak at a senior living home in the central city of Ramle attributed to health workers at the facility.
- Coronavirus cabinet is set to convene on Sunday to weigh reimposing some restrictions as the infection rate in Israel continues to climb. On the agenda:
- Number of people in a gathering: 20-30
- Number of event guests: 150
- Beach-goers: maximum numbers to de discussed
- Capsule system for summer schools
- Capsule system at the workplace
- Work from home where possible
- European Union: From July 1st, people from 'green' countries can begin to travel again. Israel is NOT yet on the 'green list'. Among others; USA, Russia, Sweden, Portugal, Turkey on the 'red list'. Countries will either be graded green, meaning they are safe; amber, meaning they are less safe than green countries; or red, which will result in any passengers returning from them still needing to isolate for two weeks. The list will be revised every 2 weeks.
- In the diaspora
- In South Africa 7, 210 new cases were diagnosed on Saturday
26 June - 6:20am
- Since the beginning of the outbreak there have been 22,400 diagnosed coronavirus cases in Israel. A huge spike in new cases of coronavirus yesterday when 668 cases were diagnosed bringing the number of active cases to 6,084, forty seven are reported to be in serious condition and 29 of these patients are being ventilated. The total number of fatalities in Israel is 309 (2%). - Worldometer.
- The country could be seeing as many as 1,000 new cases per day next week - a worry for Israel's health services
- Latest restrictions
- Bat Yam:
- Schools closed for 5th graders and upwards
- from 10:00am - 17:00 beaches closed
- No public gatherings of more than 10 people
- Increased monitoring of weddings and other places
- Rova Gimmel, Zayin and Rova Vav Chet
- Schools closed
- No public gatherings of more than 10 people
- 2 neighborhoods still under closure and is set to continue until July 1st
- Bat Yam:
- Coronavirus cabinet to meet Sunday to discuss further measures.
- This weekend: an increase in monitoring of directive compliance especially in entertainment venues. (Remember a 500NIS fine for non mask wearers)
- The Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer hospital, Ramat Gan, has reopened a dedicated coronavirus intensive care unit.
- Ministry of Education evaluating remote learning and the capsule system for the 2020/2021 academic year.
- Twenty three thousand pre-schoolers, pupils and teachers in isolation - 873 active cases of the coronavirus amongst them. 230 schools shuttered.
- A 61% increase in the number of cases opened with social services
- Ministry of Finance: strategizing ways to bring the prices of electrical appliances and food down.
- Israel and the United Arab Emirates enter partnership: Israeli research companies and private companies from the United Arab Emirates will work together to combat the COVID-19 pandemic,
- Shabbat candle lighting times
25 June - 5:20am
- Since the beginning of the outbreak there have been 22,044 diagnosed coronavirus cases in Israel. Yesterday the number of new cases of coronavirus reached 532 bringing the number of active cases to 5,796, forty six are reported to be in serious condition and 28 of these patients are being ventilated. The total number of fatalities in Israel is 308 (2%). Total number of recoveries is 16,248 - Worldometer.
- Israel's unemployment rate now stands at 20.77% - a drop of about 0.6% since last week.
- The Knesset on Wednesday evening voted in the first reading to allow the tacking of confirmed coronavirus carriers to be tracked by the Shin Bet security service. The bill, which passed by a majority of 44 in favor versus 32 against, authorizes the Shin Bet to "help the national effort to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus." - YNet
- Ashdod could become a coronavirus hotspot after 14 people there tested positive for the pathogen in past 24 hours
- Nefesh B'Nefesh, the NGO which facilitates immigration to Israel from North America and the UK, announced that it had signed a contract with EL AL Airlines for 14 "Group Aliyah Flights" from New York to Tel Aviv over the course of the next three months.
- A total of 20% of new confirmed coronavirus cases in Israel this past week have been identified in the nation's haredi sector, according to a new report from the Corona National Information and Knowledge Center published Wednesday. The five haredi hot spots of infection – Elad, Beit Shemesh, Bnei Brak, Modi'in Illit, and Betar Illit
- 3 streets in Tiberias under lock down. The Mayor calls on Israelis to visit the holy city saying that the lock down is nowhere near the popular tourist spots.
- The Israel Ministry of Health: The country could be seeing as many as 1,000 new cases per day, by next week.
- Doctors and researchers: The growing numbers present a possible 'loss of control' situation.
- Diaspora stats (Anglo countries)
- South Africa see worst day yet - 5,688 new cases diagnosed yesterday bringing the total number of diagnosed cases to 111,796
- Nearly 2.5 million cases in the USA with a death rate of 11%
- Australia saw 24 new cases yesterday. The country reports a 1% death rate.
- Canada reports a 12% death rate. Yesterday 279 new cases were diagnosed
- In the UK, 652 new cases were diagnosed yesterday. The country's death rate is around 14%
24 June - 6:29am
- There are now 21,512 diagnosed coronavirus cases since the beginning of the outbreak in Israel. On Tuesday the number of new cases of coronavirus jumped by 439 bringing the number of active cases 5,335, forty are reported to be in serious condition and 27 of these patients are being ventilated. The total number of fatalities in Israel has risen to 308. Total number of recoveries is 16,177 - Worldometer.
- Since yesterday, Jerusalem reports 90 newly diagnosed cases, Tel Aviv - 48 new cases and Haifa reports 17 new cases
- According to a report from the Coronavirus National Information and Knowledge Center, Israel’s infection rate is now increasing by around eight percent per day and the number of active patients is currently doubling every nine days.- TOI
- Health Funds have been instructed to carry out Corona testing, on those who are in isolation, within 48 hours, otherwise the testing is a waste of time.
- Elad and several neighborhoods in Tiberias categorized as "restricted coronavirus zones" due to the steep rise in corona case. From 8am Wednesday these locations will be subject to restrictions on gatherings and travel. This measure will last for seven days. Similar measures are under consideration for Bat Yam were the contagion rate stands at 5%
- The head of the Shin Bet domestic security service, Nadav Argaman, has told ministers that they must keep his organization out of the business of tracking civilians after it had previously monitored the movements of COVID-19 patients at the height of the coronavirus pandemic - YNet
- Continuing to be in the headlines is the looming crisis for half a million unemployed Israelis who will be losing their unemployment benefit in August as well as for seniors age 67+ who will be forced to make do with the Bituach Leumi supplemental income benefit of between 1,500 NIS - 3,000 NIS/month according to their eligibility.
- The March of the Living to Poland, was cancelled because of the coronavirus and parents of pupils who were supposed to participate, have not yet received a refund.
- International News:
- Brazil: the last 24 hours saw 1,374 deaths and more than 40,000 new cases - their worst day ever
23 June - 17:30pm
- Following the rise in infection, Tiberias, Bat Yam and Elad are under consideration for lockdown.
23 June - 15:00pm
- 12,337 virus tests conducted on Monday and the National Information and Knowledge Center says 377 people tested positive for COVID-19 in 24 hours; city of Bat Yam emerges as latest coronavirus hotspot, with 5% contagion rate. Bat Yam Mayor urges government to reinstate ban on beaches - YNet
23 June - 05:00am
- There are now 21.082 diagnosed coronavirus cases since the beginning of the outbreak in Israel. On Monday the number of new cases of coronavirus rose by 304 bringing the number of active cases 5,014, forty four are reported to be in serious condition and 29 of these patients are being ventilated. The total number of fatalities in Israel has risen to 307. Total number of recoveries is 15,761.
- Former Health Ministry chief, Gabi Barbash:said that he fears “mass infection” and thinks that moves to take more steps back to normalcy mean that “we are looking for trouble.” He went on to say that the decision to open halls for weddings was another mistake. “My biggest concern is the distribution of cases all over the country,” he said.
- With the latest spike in cases Asher Shalmon, head of international relations in the Health Ministry, said that the government has acted properly. “It’s a trial and error situation and none of us really knows how the virus behaves,” He went on to say: “It was clear when we opened, things would shift and spike. The best way to avoid a massive eruption of a pandemic into our lives is to maintain proper measures, including face masks and social distancing.” - TOI
- The message of the Corona Cabinet meeting on Monday - "we need to prepare for hundreds of deaths and thousands of new patients"
- Fine for not wearing a face mask now 500NIS. Also at the Corona Cabinet meeting yesterday, police to step-up countrywide enforcement of directives. Preparations need to be made for high-risk populations. The question of reinstating the 'capsule' system in the workplace was also raised. What will be the cost to economy and how should it be dealt with?
- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to immediately reinstate the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) program for surveillance of coronavirus-infected citizens
- Israel's new poor - In August half a million Israelis will no longer be eligible for the unemployment benefit and will be forced to live on the Bituach Leumi supplemental income allowance.
- Rabbis and other prominent figures in the ultra-Orthodox community on Monday called on the government to shutter synagogues once more to prevent a second wave of coronavirus from spreading within the community - Ynet
- Only 30% of regular train travelers made use of the railway service when it re-opened yesterday. Transportation Minister Miri Regev "I am confident that the passengers will return to the trains.”
- International news:
- Saudi Arabia to bar arrivals from abroad to attend this year's hajj due to the coronavirus, and will only allow a limited number of Saudi citizens and residents to make the pilgrimage
- China's annual dog-meat fair opens despite coronavirus - Reuters
22 June - 15:04pm
- After the Coronavirus Cabinet meeting today fines for not wearing a mask have been upped from 200NIS to 500NIS - N12
- Netanyahu: "If the public does not stick to wearing masks and social distancing, we will be bringing back a full closure... "
- The Israel health system must be equipped with 4,000 ventilators; 2,000 for coronavirus patients and another 2,000 for patients with other illnesses - JPost
22June - 7:20am
- There are now 20,788 diagnosed coronavirus cases since the beginning of the outbreak in Israel. On Sunday the number of new cases of coronavirus rose by 145 bringing the number of active cases 4,778, forty three are reported to be in serious condition. The total number of fatalities in Israel has risen to 306. Total number of recoveries is 15,694.
- Unemployment rate - 20.88% - N12
- Under new restrictions, Israel Railways train service comes back to life today after a 3 month absence.
- The first matric bagrut exam is being written today. Pupils who have officially been placed into quarantine will be given a second date to write their exams, pupils who have personally elected to go into quarantine, will not.
- The Ministry of Finance: Israel does not have sufficient budget for another lockdown. New Health Ministry director-general, Chezy Levy, has told the press that he doesn’t think we should lock down.
- The coronavirus cabinet to convene on Monday. Under discussion: increasing finesand reducing the number of people who can work in offices in the public sector.
- The Health Ministry: Hospitals must prepare for an immediate reopening of their coronavirus wings.
- Israel Biological Institute moving forward with next stage of their corona vaccine.
- Diaspora numbers
- 2,356,657 Coronavirus cases in the USA
- 304,331 in the UK
- 101,337 in Canada
- 97,302 in South Africa
- 7,474 cases in Australia
21 June - 05:24am
- There are now 20,633 diagnosed coronavirus cases since the beginning of the outbreak in Israel. Over the weekend the number of new cases of coronavirus rose by almost 600, bringing the number of active cases 4,742, forty are reported to be in serious condition - 27 are being ventilated. The total number of fatalities in Israel has risen to 305. Total number of recoveries is 15,586.
- The number of coronavirus patients in the IDF has been increasing significantly. Between Wednesday and Saturday, the number of soldiers diagnosed with COVID-19 increased from 29 to 66 and the number of soldiers in isolation now stands at 2,500 compared to 350 at the beginning of June.- JPost
- Sixteen staff members and tenants at the Golden Age Nursing Home in Jerusalem tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Saturday evening.- JPost
- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is apparently seeking to renew the Shin Bet security agency's use of sensitive personal data tracking, to track coronavirus carriers and those who were exposed to them. - TOI
- Ynet news site reported that another measure that may be discussed at Sunday’s meeting of he Corona Cabinet is raising fines for Israelis caught not wearing masks in public. Currently, authorities can fine people with a NIS 200 fine for not wearing a mask in public areas.
- Coronavirus National Information and Knowledge Center report: Israel has entered a second wave of coronavirus infections and, if it does not take immediate steps to bring numbers down, could in one month’s time face a thousand new cases a day and hundreds of deaths. -TOI
- The report noted that “the health system is better prepared with knowledge, treatment protocols and medicinal treatments” and that the average age of those infected was lower, which would contribute to lower mortality. At the same time the report questions if a new curfew and further restrictions should be re-instated.
- School academic year and summer vacation clarification:
- Preschoolers and grade 1 - grade 4 will continue to learn until August 6th
- Grade 5 and grade 6 will continue to learn until June 30th
- Middle schools - vacation has begun
- Bagrut matric exams begin tomorrow