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Canadian PM isolating after his child tests positive for COVID

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is isolating because one of his children tested positive for COVID-19.

Canadian PM isolating after child tests positive for COVID

Experts: The number of cases will drop to 10,000 within about two weeks

Newly published data show a decline in the number of cases, but Health Minister warns: Two more difficult weeks are ahead.

Experts: Number of cases will drop to 10,000 within two weeks

Recovered COVID-19 patients returning to hospital care

Hospitals report a rise in recovered patients being stricken with a new and different lung condition.

Recovered COVID-19 patients returning to hospital care

Top pediatrician: 'We're not at a stage where we can influence infection rates'

'Vaccinated children develop PIMS less - and even when they do develop it - it's milder,' children's hospital director Dr. Pessach says.

'We're not at a stage where we can change infection rates'

Head of Teachers' Union: Shasha-Biton forgot about the teachers

Head of Teachers' Union: I was shouting on behalf of the teachers, who were neglected by the Minister of Education.

'Shasha-Biton forgot about the teachers'

US upgrades travel warning to UAE

The warning follows recent Houthi missile attacks as well as COVID-19 case numbers.

US upgrades travel warning to UAE

Top health officials: There are signs that the peak of the Omicron wave is behind us

Health Ministry estimates that close to three million Israelis became infected during Omicron wave.

'There are signs that the peak of Omicron is behind us'

Health Min. clarifies testing system for school children

After quarantine rules for students cancelled, Health Ministry clarifies details of new testing system for students.

Health Min. clarifies testing system for school children

Bennett, ministers agree to add 45 ICU beds

PM, Ministers Hororitz and Liberman agree on measure to relieve burden on hospitals as Omicron wave rages.

Bennett, ministers agree to add 45 ICU beds

Teachers Union: Gov't made populist decision, abandoned teachers

Israel Teachers Union responds to court ruling striking planned strike: 'Shame government insists on gambling on dubious, dangerous plan.'

Teachers Union: Gov't made populist decision, abandoned teachers

Education Minister slams critics of plan ending quarantine for children

Education Min.: 'Claims I'm a coronavirus denier are fake news, I hope everyone understands that we need to free everyone from quarantine.'

Ed. Min. slams critics of plan ending quarantine for children

New study: 133x risk of myocarditis after COVID vaccination

Comparisons with myocarditis rates following infection now irrelevant as vaccination no longer prevents infection.

New study: 133x risk of myocarditis after COVID vaccination

Labor Court issues injunction against Teachers' Union

Labor Court issues injunction against decision to shut down schools in protest against canceling of quarantine regulations for students.

Labor Court issues injunction against Teachers' Union

Moderna starts trial of Omicron-specific booster

Moderna says first participant has been dosed in Phase 2 clinical trial of COVID-19 booster shot that is specific to Omicron variant.

Moderna starts trial of Omicron-specific booster

Health Ministry orders HMOs to use less PCR tests

Ministry directs health funds to prioritize elderly, at-risk populations for PCR tests or face fines.

Health Ministry orders HMOs to use less PCR tests

Health Min. approves 4th vaccine dose for at-risk adults

Prof. Nachman Ash approves expansion of of administration of 4th vaccine doses beyond citizens over 60.

Health Min. approves 4th vaccine dose for at-risk adults

Teachers Union cancels classes in protest against new COVID policy

Union urges teachers not to come to school tomorrow in protest against canceling of quarantine regulations for students.

Teachers Union cancels classes to protest new COVID policy

Bennett decides: Isolation rules for students removed

PM makes final decision to end current quarantine rules for students. New testing rules to be put in place tomorrow.

Bennett decides: Isolation rules for students removed

'Dangerous and irresponsible' to cancel quarantine for children

Association to advance public health warns, 'New policy to cancel quarantine gambles with present & future lives & health of our children.'

'Dangerous and irresponsible' to cancel quarantine for children

Lapid deputy: 'I should have set a better example'

'Maybe in hindsight I should have avoided the party, I should have set a better personal example,' Dep. Foreign Min. Idan Roll says.

Lapid deputy: 'I should have set a better example'

Shaare Zedek director: 'We'll need to treat more patients in the staff's cafeteria'

'Those dying of coronavirus are divided into those who were not vaccinated, and those who were vaccinated but had pre-existing conditions.'

'We'll need to treat more patients in the staff's cafeteria'

PM holding talks on elimination of quarantine for children

PM Bennett calls meeting of Health, Education, ministry officials to discuss delaying quarantine cancellation for children exposed to COVID.

PM holding talks on elimination of quarantine for children

In one week: 1,169,048 new COVID-19 cases

Number of coronavirus patients in serious condition rises to 888, with 187 intubated.

In one week: 1,169,048 new COVID-19 cases

Hospital director: 'Situation now worst since start of pandemic'

Forty times more deaths as hospital directors warn, 'Soon we won't be able to provide reasonable treatment.'

Hospital director: 'Situation now worst since start of pandemic'

Top doctor backtracks on support of quarantine-free schools

'Within four days number of children suffering severe cases of COVID-19 has doubled,' Prof. Zachi Grossman says.

Don't eliminate quarantine for schoolchildren

Biden withdraws COVID vaccine mandate

Biden administration formally withdraws vaccination-or-testing mandate that was struck down by the Supreme Court.

Biden withdraws COVID vaccine mandate

Pfizer and BioNTech launch Omicron vaccine trial

Pfizer and BioNTech begin enrollment for clinical trial to test their Omicron-specific COVID-19 vaccine.

Pfizer and BioNTech launch Omicron vaccine trial

Knesset approves amendments to Coronavirus Law

Among the amendments approved is abolition of the government's authority to declare a "special state of emergency".

Knesset approves amendments to Coronavirus Law

Bennett responds to Netanyahu: He's back to sowing chaos, as usual

Bennett responds to Netanyahu's criticism of pandemic response: We’ll continue to run the country calmly and responsibly.

'Netanyahu back to sowing chaos, as usual'

2 medical staff who refused to be vaccinated in critical condition

Senior doctor, paramedic who did not get vaccinated for ideological reasons in life-threatening condition with COVID.

2 medical staff who refused vaccine in critical condition

Netanyahu: Bennett, Lapid do nothing while COVID rages

Opposition leader says government has abandoned Israelis in both the health and economic fields, leading to disaster.

Netanyahu: Bennett, Lapid do nothing while COVID rages

Study: Repeated quarantine increases violence among children

National Council for the Child study shows 43% increase in number of children treated for suicidal thoughts, 1/3 children live in poverty.

Study: Repeated quarantine increases violence among children

Increase in neurological issues in children who had Omicron

Unvaccinated recovering from Omicron don't develop sufficient immunity against other strains, military report says, quoting studies.

Increase in neurological issues in children who had Omicron

845 serious COVID-19 cases, over 83,000 new cases

Nurses top list of quarantined healthcare workers, followed closely by management and cleaning staff - and only then by doctors themselves.

845 serious COVID-19 cases, over 83,000 new cases

MIT prof: Israel in 'moral bankruptcy' due to COVID policy

Prof. Retsef Levi of the Public Emergency Council for the Coronavirus Crisis says Omicron has toppled the government's COVID narrative.

MIT prof: Israel in 'moral bankruptcy' due to COVID policy

Hospital director warns: 'We're nearing limit of our abilities'

'Combination of COVID-19 and winter infections has brought us to the limit of our abilities,' director of Galilee Medical Center says.

Hospital director warns: 'We're nearing limit of our abilities'

'Peak in number of severe COVID-19 patients is still ahead of us'

Prof. Ran Balicer, head of panel of experts on COVID-19, warns Israel 'not yet at the peak' when it comes to severe illness from COVID-19.

'Peak in number of severe COVID-19 patients still ahead of us'

Sharp drop in number of children getting COVID-19 vax after gov't ends quarantine for kids

Number of children receiving COVID-19 drops drastically following government decision to cancel quarantine for all exposed schoolchildren.

Sharp drop in number of children getting COVID-19 vax

'This may be end of the pandemic - if there are no new variants'

Director-General of Israeli Health Ministry cautiously optimistic Omicron variant could mark end of COVID pandemic.

'This may be end of the pandemic - if there are no new variants'

Israel to expand fourth dose to those under 60?

Health Ministry Director General to weight recommendation to allow fourth dose for entire adult population.

Israel to expand fourth dose to those under 60?