Health

Cuomo Announces Agreement To Allow Red Zone Schools To Open

NEW YORK (VINnews) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced a deal that will allow schools in red and orange micro-cluster zones to reopen for in-person learning. The new testing proto...

France Braces For Monthlong Lockdown As Virus Deaths Mount

PARIS (AP) — French doctors expressed relief but business owners were in despair as France prepared Thursday to shut down again for a month to try to put the brakes on a fast-movin...

FBI Warns Ransomware Assault Threatens US Health Care System

BOSTON (AP) — Federal agencies warned that cybercriminals could unleash a wave of data-scrambling extortion attempts against the U.S. health care system, an effort that, if success...

WHO: Europe Now Has More Than 10 Million COVID-19 Cases

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization’s Europe director said Thursday that the 54-country region has again reached a new weekly record for confirmed cases, with more than 1.5...

Watch: First Bris At Joseph’s Tomb For Two Decades

SHECHEM (VINnews) — In an historic event at Joseph's Tomb in Shechem, a Bris was performed at the site for the first time in two decades. The Tomb, which was ransacked by Palestini...

Trump Rule Says Health Plans Must Disclose Costs Up Front

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to pull back the veil on health care costs to encourage competition, the Trump administration on Thursday finalized a requirement for insurers to tell cons...

Justice Department Ramps Up Inquiry Into NY Care Home Deaths

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department vastly expanded an inquiry Wednesday that could determine whether New York is undercounting coronavirus deaths among nursing home reside...

Rising Infections Complicate Rules For New York-Area Travel

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Rich Collins is trapped in the maze of coronavirus-related travel restrictions in the Northeast. The Rhode Island firefighter has custody of his 5-year-old d...

Cuomo Downgrades Orange County COVID Cluster From Red To Orange

NEW YORK (VINnews/Sandy Eller) - There was some good news for residents of Orange County’s COVID micro-cluster on Wednesday, with Governor Andrew Cuomo citing a significant drop in...

Petach Tikva Mayor Installs Mikva-Tech System In Mikves As It Removes Coronavirus From Water

PETACH TIKVA (VINnews) — It is no secret that mikves may be a source of germs despite the attempts to maintain proper hygiene inside them. Since the outset of COVID-19, many people...

Protest Concert Outside Israeli Knesset To Open Cultural Events, But What About Torah Study?

JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Some 100 members of a number of orchestras around Israel gathered near the Knesset to conduct a unique protest against the continued closure of cultural event...

Governor Bans Indoor Dining In Chicago As Virus Cases Surge

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Surging COVID-19 cases in Chicago prompted Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday to ban indoor dining and bar services and limit the number of people gathering in ...

Study: Chareidi Yeshiva Dropouts Represent ‘Spiritual Epidemic” Of Epic Proportions

JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Many Israelis have difficulty understanding why Chareidi leaders insist on opening Talmudei Torah and yeshivos despite the possibility of a spike in infection...

Lilly Antibody Drug Fails In A COVID-19 Study; Others Go On

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. government officials are putting an early end to a study testing an Eli Lilly antibody drug for people hospitalized with COVID-19 because it doesn’t seem to ...

El Paso Imposes Curfew As Virus Cases Overwhelm Hospitals

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Residents in the Texas border city of El Paso have been urged to stay home for two weeks as a spike in coronavirus cases overwhelms hospitals, prompting the s...

Watch: Health Inspectors Attempt To Write Summons For Empty Yeshiva Building

BROOKLYN (VINnews) — In a video that quickly went viral on Monday, health inspectors were caught attempting to write a summons for a Yeshiva in Flatbush, without verifying first wh...

Israel Sending Some Children Back To School

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has decided to begin sending children back to school. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced Sunday that his coronavirus cabinet voted in f...

Israel To Begin Human Trials Of Coronavirus Vaccine

JERUSALEM (AP) — The state-run Israel Institute for Biological Research announced Sunday that researchers will begin human testing on its coronavirus vaccine next week. The inst...

Unprecedented Rabbinic Support For President Trump In Historic Letter

NEW YORK (VINnews) — In an unprecedented demonstration of support for President Trump, a letter carrying the signatures of a large number of prominent chareidi rabbis in the US was...

FDA Approves First COVID-19 Drug: The Antiviral Remdesivir

CALIFORNIA (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug to treat COVID-19: remdesivir, an antiviral medicine given through an IV for patients needing ho...