COVID-19 in Israel

Israel // 20 November, 2020

At least 327,409 cases and 2,742 deaths. See the Ministry of Health COVID-19 website for the latest updates.

Status: Decreasing 

20 November: The country has now moved from 'Outbreak' to 'Decreasing' status.

18 November: Additional cases confirmed with about 700 cases reported daily.

10 November: Media sources are reporting that authorities have announced that any person travelling back from Denmark must be quarantined. Three Israeli travellers have been tested but results are awaited as Denmark had recently found mutated strains of the coronavirus in minks (see news posted on 7 Nov).

4 November: More cases continue to be recorded with about 800 cases in a week.

26 October: Human trials for a COVID-19 vaccine will commence on 1 November. The vaccine was developed by a research institute overseen by the Defense Ministry. Eighty volunteers will be monitored for three weeks to see if virus antibodies develop.

17 October: Cases have been drastically declining, with daily cases below 2,000 for the last three days. The second nationwide lockdown will be eased from 18 October.

12 October: Additional cases confirmed since the last update. More than 238,000 people have recovered. Currently there are more than 51,000 active cases.

12 September: A nationwide lockdown will be implemented on Friday for least three weeks. Friday marks the eve of the Jewish New Year holiday Rosh Hashanah. People will still go to work, but people will be restricted to staying within 500 metres of home. The move comes as Israel reports one of the highest per capital coronavirus infection rates in the world. Lockdown restrictions were lifted in Israel more than four months ago, after their first wave of infections.

The school system will remain closed as will restaurants, shopping centers and businesses that offer leisure and recreational activities.

6 September: A rise of about 33% has been recorded in daily new case confirmations. Over 101,000 patients have recovered and there are at least 26,448 active cases.

26 July: The country is said to be experiencing another wave of infection with a daily increase of new cases. New social distancing guidelines have been announced.

15 June: For most of May cases were below 50 new cases a day. However, in June cases have started to increase. Health officials have attributed some of the recent increase in new cases to schools, which reopened in May after a two-month closure. Several Bedouin towns in the Negev desert (Southern district) as well as areas in southern Tel Aviv (Tel Aviv district) were declared ‘red zones’ on 11 June. Social distancing (2m) and wearing masks will be enforced and fines issued to those not adhering to guidelines.

17 May: Over 16,600 cases and 270 deaths have been reported, with the number of daily cases declining since the end of April. Less than 100 cases a day have been reported since the 3 May. Schools for ages 0-6 will reopen today and for Grades 4 -10 when the local authority meets the stipulated conditions. Beaches will open from Wednesday.

16 April: More cases have been reported, resulting in a total of over 12,000 cases.

5 April: Cases continue to increase, for a total of 7,030 cases and 36 deaths confirmed. Movement restrictions have been intensified, and the hotspot city of Bnei Brak has been put on lockdown.

25 March: A surge in cases, in the last few weeks, has been reported. At least 2,170 cases and five deaths have been recorded in the country so far.

17 March: More cases have been reported in the past few days bringing the total to 288.

4 March: There are several cases in travellers from Italy. Additionally there is one case that has no travel history but had come in contact with a previously confirmed case.

28 February: A flight from Italy, which landed in Israel on 23 February, had a confirmed COVID-19 patient on board. Authorities are requesting all passengers who were in that flight to isolate themselves at home for 14 days.


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