Coronavirus: Quick read - Daily updates for May and Israel's timetable for lifting restrictions.
31.05.20 - 6.06am
- 17,012 is the total number of diagnosed cases in Israel since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. There are 1,917 active cases (200 new cases in the last 3 days), 39 are in a serious condition - 34 are intubated and 284 people have succumbed to the virus.
- 587 students and teachers are in isolation and 17 schools and preschools will not open on Sunday. It is reported that more than 110 students and some 40 teachers are infected with the virus.
- Stricter enforcement of social distancing, good hygiene and the wearing of masks is required.
- Israeli institutes of higher education re-opening today. Participation is limited to 50 people. Attendees must maintain two meters from one another and wear masks. If programs are held outside, a limit of 50 people must still be enforced.
30.05.20 - 7.26pm
- A significant rise in newly diagnosed cases of the coronavirus in Israel.
- The Gymnasium High School is Jerusalem tests 100 pupils and teachers.
- New directives:
- Only 'hot schools' will close. There will be no general closure of schools.
- Event halls and cultural institutions to open on 14 June as planned.
- Stricter enforcement of regulations and guidelines
28.05.20 - 07.22am
- Yesterday saw a rise in the number of newly diagnosed Coronavirus cases and intubated patients in Israel.1.942 active coronavirus cases is Israel, 36 new cases diagnosed, 39 patients in serious condition. No new deaths.
- Unemployment stands at 23.92% - a decrease of about 0.1%
- 40 foreign workers in Tel Aviv tested for Coronavirus - 10 are positive
- People flock to coffee shops, restaurants and pools but nightclubs not yet open. Nightclub owners are still in the dark!
- While swimming pools are open, wet saunas and jacuzzis remain closed; traditional, dry saunas can open. Water park rides remain closed.
- School year to be extended further
- On the eve of Shavuot directives for synagogues - up to 70 total participants in a single space; up to 100 participants in two separate rooms but within the same complex. In houses of prayer where chairs are placed, worshipers can sit down, but at least one chair must separate individuals. No communal prayer books or other spiritual items; only those appointed can use communal sacred items. These directives apply to all houses of worship (Jerusalem Post).
- Starting today, up to 46 people will be allowed to travel on intercity buses, 49 commuters on city lines, and 75 passengers on articulated buses.
- The gradual reopening of museums is expected to gain more momentum after Shavuot
- Event halls to open on June 14th
27.05.20 - 5:23am
- 2,019 active coronavirus cases is Israel, 23 new cases, 43 patients in serious condition. No new deaths.
- Unemployment drops again to 24.07% - a drop of about 0.3%
- Restaurants and pubs to open today under social distancing directives and limiting the number of patrons. Customers will be required to make reservations ahead of time, sign a health declaration and have their temperatures checked upon arrival.
- Swimming pools and tourist attractions also reopening today
- Hebrew Ulpanim for new olim to reopen on Sunday - 31.5.20
- Government statement Tuesday: The 2019/20 school year to be extended until July 13 to close up educational and academic gaps resulting from the coronavirus crisis.
- Hotels that have opened are expecting high occupancy over the Shavuot long weekend. Some chains have kept their hotels closed and will open gradually over the next few weeks. Remember: no buffet, all meals served.
- Israeli scientists from the Israel Institute of Biological Research claiming that Gaucher’s disease drugs are effective against coronavirus
- Israel to resume commercial flights to 'green countries' by mid-July but the number of departing flights will remain low for some time. Some of the green countries: Greece, Cyprus, Seychelles, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Iceland and others
- International news; bride, groom and Rabbi arrested in Argentina after their wedding celebration which violated the country's Coronavirus directive of no public or religious events.
26.05.20 - 6:35am
- 2,146 active coronavirus cases is Israel, 17 new cases, 43 patients in serious condition of them 29 on ventilators. Two new deaths bring the total death toll to 281
- Unemployment drops ever so slightly again to 24.39% - a drop of about 0.3%
- Restaurants, nightclubs, hotels, swimming pools are set to reopen on Wednesday
- Israel's weekend bus lines will this week return to normal operations. Night buses not yet resuming operation.
- PM Bibi Netanyahu warns fresh outbreak of coronavirus could be more lethal than first
- International News: Israeli and Indian scientists plan to work together to develop a coronavirus test that will provide results within minutes - Israeli Embassy in India announced on Monday.
25.05.20 - 6:31am
- Number of active cases in Israel continues to decline. Only 5 new cases since yesterday. Active coronavirus cases in Israel now stands at 2,285 and of them, 45 in serious condition. No new deaths reported - 279 have succumbed to the virus thus far.
- Unemployment drops slightly again to 24.63%
- Intercity buses to double passenger limit to 46 passengers, and urban buses will increase from 20 to 49 passengers. Taxis to allow two passengers.
- From June 14th, theaters and concert halls wall open their doors under audience restrictions of a maximum of 75%
- Israel trains to resume operation in June
- Poriya hospital closes its corona ward
- The government approved a proposal on Sunday to increase its financial aid package by an additional NIS 14 billion, rising to a cumulative total of approximately NIS 100 billion.
- International News: South Africa still in lockdown but they have lifted the ban on alcohol sales for home use from June. Ban on cigarette sales remains in place. 1,240 new cases yesterday - highest ever.
24.05.20 - 7:08am
- Number of active cases in Israel continues to decline. Active coronavirus cases in Israel now stands at 2,343 and of them, 47 in serious condition including 36 who are intubated, 279 have succumbed to the virus
- Schools return to pre-heatwave directives; facemasks for students from 4th-12th grade and teachers
- The Mishan retirement home in Beer Sheva: a resident infected for the second time? Investigating results of tests for false-positive. Fourteen residents of Mishan have died during the corona crisis.
- A drive-in corona testing station opening in Rehovot after teachers in Rehovot were diagnosed with the virus