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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.

Tel Aviv hospital prof: Time to re-evaluate 'quarantine mania'

Tel Aviv hospital prof: Time to re-evaluate 'quarantine mania'

Prof Idit Matot calls for a change in policy. Health Ministry: "Whoever does not want to help should not interfere."

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.

Isolation for COVID patients to be reduced to 7 days

Isolation for COVID patients to be reduced to 7 days

Health Min. decides to reduce isolation period from 10 days after studies find risk of spreading disease after 7 days very low.

New record: 30,970 new cases of COVID-19 in one day

New record: 30,970 new cases of COVID-19 in one day

The number of active cases stands at 169,117, including 221 who are hospitalized in serious condition.

Health Min: Shorten isolation for COVID patients to 7 days

Health Min: Shorten isolation for COVID patients to 7 days

Health Ministry epidemic response team recommends not expanding 4th vaccination dose drive beyond at-risk populations.

Health Ministry issues new instructions for antigen tests

Health Ministry issues new instructions for antigen tests

Samples for antigen tests should be taken from both nose and throat, Health Ministry says.

Report: MDA used less effective tests for rapid testing

Report: MDA used less effective tests for rapid testing

New report by Central Lab for Viruses shows MDA used test which are less effective at detecting Omicron than other tests.

One in three Israelis will get COVID-19

Health officials believe: One in three Israelis will get COVID-19

Ministry of Health believes millions of Israelis will be infected with COVID-19 in coming weeks as Omicron cases increase.

Education Minister: 'Health Ministry is creating chaos'

Education Minister: 'Health Ministry is creating chaos'

Education Min. Shasha-Biton slams Health Ministry chaos, promises she 'won't allow' education system to be 'dragged into bedlam.'

Antigen tests miss many positive COVID cases

Health Ministry data: Antigen tests miss many positive COVID cases

Ministry data indicate antigen tests miss 50% of cases found to be positive by PCR test.

New anti-COVID drug to arrive in Israel within days

New anti-COVID drug to arrive in Israel within days

FDA granted emergency-use authorization to Molnupiravir just last week. Drug acts by introducing errors into Covid-19's genetic code.

Health Min. okays fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose in nursing homes

Health Ministry okays fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose in nursing homes

Health Ministry approves fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine for those elderly who are in institutions, as well as institution employees.

Health Minister: We're not locking down over Omicron

Health Minister: We're not locking down over Omicron

Health Ministry holds press conference on spread of Omicron variant. 4th vaccine dose approved for immunosuppressed people

COVID booster shots to be given after 3 months instead of 6

COVID booster shots to be given after 3 months instead of 6

Health Ministry halves time between 2nd and 3rd doses of COVID vaccine.

Health Ministry mulling quarantine changes for vaccinated

Health Ministry mulling change in quarantine regulations for vaccinated people

Ministry of Health discussing changing the quarantine plan for vaccinated people who have been exposed to Omicron carriers.

Health Ministry approves Pfizer COVID-19 pill

Health Ministry approves Pfizer COVID-19 pill

Health Ministry and Pfizer have signed an agreement for Israel to purchase the drug, Paxlovid.

Israel's list of 'red countries' updated

Israel's list of 'red countries' updated

Ireland, Norway, Spain, Finland, France, Sweden and UAE to be added to list of "red countries" as of Sunday night.

Bennett, Health Min. stop Shabak tracking of Omicron carriers

Bennett, Health Min. stop Shabak tracking of Omicron carriers

Shabak to end GPS tracking of suspected Omicron carriers at midnight on Thursday. Health Minister explains use was meant to be temporary.

Health Min. loophole may have given thousands illegal Green Pass

Health Ministry loophole may have given thousands illegal Green Pass

Those who recovered from or were immunized against COVID-19 while abroad will no longer be able to receive Green Pass automatically.

Health Min.: Less than 200 hospitalized COVID-19 patients

Health Min.: Less than 200 hospitalized COVID-19 patients

Coronavirus czar promises: Decision on vaccinating children who recovered from coronavirus will be announced next week.

Health Ministry chief approves children's vaccines

Health Ministry chief approves children's vaccines

Prof. Nachman Ash accepts recommendation of Ministry of Health expert teams to vaccinate children aged 5-11 against COVID-19.

Expert: 'Children at greater risk from COVID than from vaccine'

Expert: 'Children at greater risk from COVID-19 than from vaccine'

Ahead of decision on vaccine approval, head of Israel's Pediatric Association tells why he supports coronavirus vaccines for children 5-11.

Bennett, Health Min. cancel all restrictions on open gatherings

PM Bennett, Health Minister cancel all restrictions on open gatherings

More COVID restrictions to be lifted, including reduced need for Green Passes at certain indoor gatherings.

Vote on children's vaccines won't be broadcast live

Vote on children's vaccines won't be broadcast live

Ministry of Health fears threats against committee members and has therefore decided not to allow the public to watch the vote.

Report: Ministry of Health contacted Pfizer regarding COVID pill

Report: Ministry of Health contacted Pfizer regarding COVID pill

Health Ministry professionals have reportedly asked Pfizer for information about its coronavirus pill.

Health Ministry Director General receives security detail

Health Ministry Director General receives security detail

Police increase security around Prof. Nachman Ash amid threats against top health officials.

Health Min. to hold public meeting on vaccinating children 5-11

Health Min. to hold public meeting on vaccinating children 5-11

Live broadcast will include experts' answers to questions submitted by the public. A final decision will be made next week.

Health Ministry: New COVID-19 variant is not vaccine-resistant

Health Ministry: New COVID-19 variant is not vaccine-resistant

Israel's Health Min. informs PM Bennett: A.30 coronavirus variant is not resistant to vaccines.

Children's vaccines could arrive in Israel by November 15

Children's vaccines could arrive in Israel by November 15

Ministry of Health team on pandemic handling will meet on Thursday to discuss vaccines for children aged 5-11 following the FDA's approval.

Thursday: Live broadcast on vaccinating children, open to public

Thursday: Live broadcast on vaccinating children, open to public

Public can send questions to top Health Ministry experts, and tune in to hear the answers.

Health Ministry officials against recognition of Sputnik vaccine

Health Ministry officials against recognition of Sputnik coronavirus vaccine

'Since when is a serological test a sign that a person was vaccinated?' top specialist queries.

Husband of top health official: 'Concrete threats to her life'

Husband of top health official warns: 'Concrete threats to her life'

Dr. Meir Preis, husband of Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis, turns to police after she receives 'concrete threats' to her life.

Bennett orders updated tourism outline amid new COVID-19 variant

Bennett orders updated tourism outline amid new COVID-19 variant

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett holds consultation on the new AY4.2 variant, a few cases of which have been found in Israel.

Health Min.: AstraZeneca distribution to begin this week

Health Min.: AstraZeneca distribution to begin this week

Israel's Health Ministry informs HMOs: Distribution of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine begins this week.

Relief for children who had COVID-19 in the past six months

Relief for children who had COVID-19 in the past six months

Children who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months will not be required to undergo antigen test before returning to school.

A year after FDA approval, anti-COVID drug available in Israel

Almost a year after FDA approval, anti-COVID drug finally available in Israel

Multiple studies show Regeneron significantly lowers COVID mortality. Health Ministry now making drug available to high-risk patients.

Health Min: 8,691 new COVID cases diagnosed in last day

Health Min: 8,691 new COVID cases diagnosed in last day

172,530 COVID tests performed in last day. 710 patients in serious condition, death toll rises to 7,567.

Israel, European Union, agree to recognize vaccine certificates

Israel, European Union, agree to recognize coronavirus vaccine certificates

New agreement will allow vaccinated Israelis to access European Green Pass, allowing access to restaurants, cultural centers, and more.

Report: Health Ministry fears rise of COVID 'infection parties'

Report: Health Ministry fears rise of COVID 'infection parties'

Phenomenon of parents trying to get their children infected with COVID to secure them Green Passports raises concerns among health experts.