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Israel Declares Face-Masks Obligatory In Public

JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Israel announced new steps Wednesday evening in an attempt to curb the further spread of coronavirus in the country, with the number of positive COVID-19 pati...

Shuli Rand Defends Chareidi Community From Media Attacks: ‘Do You Think We Want To Die?

JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Israeli singer Shuli Rand responded sharply on his Facebook page to the numerous media attacks on the Chareidi public in Israel over the past few days. Rand, ...

Some People Just Don’t Get It: Shuls Are Off Limits, Period!

BNEI BRAK (VINnews) — As reported previously, Bnei Brak is the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Israel, with one out of every three people being tested there for COVID-19 e...

Home Command Soldiers Deliver Food Parcels To Needy And Isolated Families In Bnei Brak

BNEI BRAK (VINnews) — In the wake of the efforts by police and security forces to enforce  public health regulations in Chareidi enclaves, Home Command soldiers entered Bnei Brak T...

Israelis Could Face Random Coronavirus Tests At Supermarkets

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Health Ministry and the Weizmann Institute of Science will conduct random sample coronavirus tests in supermarkets to determine where the virus is spread...

Watch: Police Hand Out 100,000 NIS In Fines In Beit Shemesh Over Public Health Directives

BEIT SHEMESH (VINnews) — Police issued tens of fines in Beit Shemesh as some groups still continued to ignore the public health directives and congregate or open non-essential busi...

IDF Converts Armored Vehicle Assembly Lines To Make Medical Equipment

JERUSALEM (Israel Hayom) — The Israeli Defense Ministry’s Rehabilitation and Maintenance Center at Tel Hashomer, outside Tel Aviv, is familiar to every member of the Israel Defense...

Marriott Says New Data Breach Affects 5.2 Million Guests

NEW YORK (AP) - Marriott says guests’ names, loyalty account information and other personal details may have been accessed in the second major data breach to hit the company in les...

Western Wall Stones Sanitized After Notes Removed

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Western Wall stones were cleaned and sanitized ahead of Passover. Every year, the prayer notes tucked between the stones in the wall are removed at Passove...

Italy Asks Israeli Health Ministry To Allow Use Of Clip About ‘Chain Of Infection’

JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Italian officials asked Israeli health ministry officials to allow the mass usage of a clip regarding the 'chain of infection' which explains how COVID-19 can...

Emergency Room At Tel Hashomer Hospital Separates Patients From Chareidi Towns With High Rates Of COVID-19

RAMAT GAN (VINnews) — Emergency staff at Ramat Gan's Tel Hashomer (Sheba) hospital have been directed to isolate patients arriving from Chareidi towns even if they do not exhibit s...

Report: Israel To Open Quarantine Hotels For Ultra-Orthodox COVID-19 Patients

JERUSALEM (JNS) — Two “quarantine hotels” are being prepared to house ultra-Orthodox coronavirus patients in Israel beginning on Tuesday, Hebrew media reported on Monday. The ho...

New Dispatch Center Launched By Israel’s United Hatzalah

JERUSALEM (JNS) — With the coronavirus pandemic isolating thousands of at-risk Israelis in their homes, United Hatzalah—the independent, nonprofit Emergency Medical Service (EMS) o...

Israel Unveils 80 Billion NIS Aid Package, New Stringencies On Public Gatherings

JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Israel unveiled an unprecedented 80 billion NIS aid package in order to help the flailing economy, which has seen unemployment rise to an unprecedented 24% an...

Mossad, Yad Sarah Obtain Advanced Medical Equipment For Fight Against Corona

JERUSALEM (VINnews) —The Mossad intelligence agency acquired and brought to Israel 27 ventilators and other valuable medical equipment needed in the fight against the coronavirus a...

Bnei Brak Residents Report Public Health Infringements; Police Seal Mikvas, Shuls

BNEI BRAK (VINnews) — In the wake of the ruling by Rav Chaim Kanievski that people who violate health ministry regulations are considered to be a rodef (endangering other's lives) ...

Fearing Gaza Virus Spread, Hamas Preps For Mass Quarantines

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — When Nima Amraa returned to the Gaza Strip from neighboring Egypt earlier this month, she was surprised to learn she was being placed in a makeshift qu...

Watch: Police Arrest Chareidim For Ignoring Public Health Directives

JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Police entered Meah Shearim and arrested people who were congregating in public buildings and violating public health directives:   &nb...

Netanyahu Goes Into Self-quarantine

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel announced that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will enter self-quarantine after an aide tested positive for the virus. His office says the 70-year-old...

Rabbi Kessler Of Kiryat Sefer: Men Who Immerse In The Mikve Remain Contaminated

KIRYAT SEFER (VINnews) — Rabbi Meir Kessler, the rabbi of Kiryat Sefer, published a sharp letter Sunday in which he explained why he had decided to cancel all minyanim in his town ...