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Israelis with active COVID-19 cases can print out Green Pass

Israelis with active COVID-19 cases can print out Green Pass

Health ministry app allows COVID-positive Israelis to print out Green Pass, bot which conducts epidemiological investigations crashes.

Canada approves Pfizer's COVID-19 pill

Canada approves Pfizer's COVID-19 pill

Health Canada approves Pfizer’s drug, Paxlovid, as the first take-home treatment for COVID-19.

10 Israelis died after refusing COVID treatment

Report: 10 Israelis died after refusing COVID treatment

10 COVID-19 carriers in Israel died after refusing Regeneron antibody cocktail, TV report says.

Bennett decides: Quarantine to be reduced to 5 days

Bennett decides: Quarantine to be reduced to 5 days

Education Ministry warns children suffering depression at increased rates due to lack of normal routine during COVID crisis.

Pfizer CEO: Current wave will be last with so many restrictions

Pfizer CEO: Current wave will be last with so many restrictions

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla says COVID-19 will be around for many years, but current wave will be 'last with so many restrictions.'

New study highlights risk factors for COVID anxiety

New study highlights risk factors for COVID anxiety

New study finds women more likely to suffer anxiety over COVID; pre-pandemic physiological measures also associated to COVID fears.

Teachers fume at impossible work conditions

Teachers fume at impossible work conditions

Schools struggle to remain open as number of staff quarantined, coronavirus-positive, increases.

JCC Manhattan aiming to help people 'reclaim pre-COVID life'

JCC Manhattan aiming to help people 'reclaim pre-COVID life'

'Each of these spikes makes it harder for people to reclaim pre-COVID life,' JCC Manhattan's new director says.

Quarantine will be shortened to 5 days

Health Minister promoting shortening of quarantine to 5 days

Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz instructs professionals to prepare plan to further shorten the COVID-19 isolation period.

Top health official tests positive for COVID-19

Top health official tests positive for COVID-19

Health Ministry advisor Professor Ran Balicer announces he tested positive for COVID-19.

Liberman tests positive for COVID-19

Liberman tests positive for COVID-19

MKs Alex Kushnir, Moshe Tur-Paz and David Amsalem also added to list of Knesset members who have contracted the virus.

Number of seriously ill COVID patients nears 400

Number of seriously ill COVID patients nears 400

Over 39,000 new cases of coronavirus diagnosed, with unvaccinated much more likely to become seriously ill than fully vaccinated.

'If case numbers rise, we'll have to consider lockdown'

Health Ministry chief: If case numbers rise quickly, we will have to consider lockdown

Prof. Nachman Ash says next week is "critical" in terms of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Transportation Min. to reduce number of buses

Transportation Min. to reduce number of buses

Transportation Ministry temporarily reducing frequency of some bus lines to accommodate pandemic-related bus driver shortage.

Health Ministry: Over 300 COVID-19 patients in serious condition

Health Ministry: Over 300 COVID-19 patients in serious condition

PM Bennett: 'Thank you to those Israelis who got 4th dose of COVID vaccine and in so doing, help keep us all safer.'

Hospital staff to work 12-hour shifts due to manpower shortage

Hospital staff to work 12-hour shifts due to manpower shortage

Agreement with Finance Ministry: Two 12-hour shifts instead of three eight-hour shifts.

Fauci: Unclear if yearly boosters will be needed

Fauci: Unclear if yearly boosters will be needed

Top US infectious disease expert: We've only recently boosted people, it's not clear yet if we'll need to do it every year.

Subvariant of Omicron detected in Israel

Subvariant of Omicron detected in Israel

Subvariant known as BA2 has already been discovered in several countries including China, Denmark, Canada and Singapore.

Free antigen tests for Israeli families?

Free antigen tests for Israeli families?

Pharmaceutical Association of Israel launches project to distribute free antigen tests to families with 4 or more children.

New study: COVID loses 90% ability to infect within 20 minutes

New study: COVID loses 90% of its ability to infect within 20 minutes of being exhaled

First-of-its-kind study replicates what actually happens when people exhale aerosol particles.

Dramatic rise in number of haredi children getting vaccinated

Dramatic rise in number of haredi children getting vaccinated against COVID-19

New Health Ministry data shows 44% rise in vaccinations among haredi children.

England shortens COVID quarantine to 5 days

England shortens COVID quarantine to 5 days

Move will help address shortage of hospital staff, although data show Omicron is already waning in England.

Leading rabbi: 'Coronavirus deniers will sit with murderers'

Leading rabbi: 'Coronavirus deniers will sit with murderers'

Rabbi Benzion Mutzafi, leading Sephardic rabbi, says coronavirus deniers 'will sit with murderers in Heaven.'

Top doctor: 'ICUs aren't filled with coronavirus patients'

Top doctor: 'ICUs aren't filled with coronavirus patients'

Prof. Galia Rahav, top doctor at Sheba Medical Center, says hospitals are 'completely packed, we feel the rise in new COVID-19 cases.'

AstraZeneca: Third dose increases antibody response to Omicron

AstraZeneca: Third dose increases antibody response to Omicron

New data from ongoing trial shows increased antibody response to COVID-19 variants following third dose booster with Vaxzevria.

Nearly 50,000 new COVID-19 cases, number of seriously ill rises

Nearly 50,000 new COVID-19 cases, number of seriously ill rises

Number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients rises to nearly 900, with almost 300 in serious condition.

Boris Johnson admits he broke COVID rules, faces calls to resign

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson admits he broke COVID rules, faces calls to resign

Johnson admits attending garden party with around 40 staff at time when rules only permitted meeting with one other person outdoors.

Geriatric hospitals & care homes 'on the brink of collapse'

Geriatric hospitals & care homes 'on the brink of collapse'

In the past two years, the Finance Ministry provided a special COVID grant; this year, it has ceased funding.

Politicians who won't say if they got booster are 'gutless'

Trump criticizes politicians who won't say if they received booster

Former President: The fact is that I think the vaccines saved tens of millions throughout the world.

Why has Netanyahu not yet received fourth vaccine?

Why has Netanyahu not yet received fourth vaccine?

72-year-old opposition leader has not yet received fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine nor has he made an appointment to get one.

Dutch Foreign Minister tests positive for COVID-19

Dutch Foreign Minister tests positive for COVID-19

Minister Wopke Hoekstra, who was only sworn in on Monday, isolating after testing positive in antigen test.

Record-breaking streak continues: 43,815 new COVID-19 cases

Record-breaking streak continues: 43,815 new COVID-19 cases in Israel

Over 12% of COVID-19 tests returned positive results; condition of 84 patients critical.

Researchers: Israel may see up to 2 million COVID-19 infections

Researchers: Israel may see up to 2 million COVID-19 infections

Hebrew University researchers predict Omicron wave will peak in two weeks, with up to 2 million active cases.

'Israel has more than 100,000 new COVID infections per day'

Israel has more than 100,000 new COVID infections per day, says health official

'Peak of COVID wave will come in 1 to 2 weeks,' says Weizmann Institute's Prof. Eran Segal.

'Our policy is to keep the schools open'

'Our policy is to keep the schools open'

Education Min. Director General admits 'reality is complicated, learning isn't happening at the same pace as usual.'

Labor MK tests positive for COVID-19

Labor MK tests positive for COVID-19

MK Emilie Moatti tests positive for COVID-19: I feel okay, I had a bit of a fever.

Elkin, Bennett argue at Cabinet meetingplayer

Elkin, Bennett argue at Coronavirus Cabinet meeting

PM Bennett silences Minister Elkin after he tries to ask questions at COVID Cabinet meeting.

German police under fire for abuse of contact tracing

German police under fire for abuse of contact tracing

Police persuaded health authorities to release data collected for COVID tracing in order to solve a suspected crime.

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

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.

Bennett: Israel world leader in protecting elderly from Omicronplayer

Bennett: Israel world leader in protecting elderly from Omicron

PM says Israel prepared for Omicron wave despite record high infection numbers, aim is to keep economy open.