The world’s worst-performing countries against the pandemic are all led by self-centered authoritarians
Coronavirus is a zoonotic virus that can pass between people and certain animals. A previously unrecognized form of the virus erupted among humans, in Wuhan, China in December 2019 and despite containment efforts by the Chinese, by February 29, 2020, more than 85,000 cases were reported worldwide.
The novel species is named “SARS-CoV-2" and the disease it causes is called "COVID-19". Its origin in animals, mode of transmission and the rate of mortality it causes remain under investigation. The clinical picture of COVID-19 also remains under investigation: the range seems to be from asymptomatic infection to illness resulting in death. The most susceptible seem to be the elderly and anybody with a comprised immune system, diabetes or preexisting pulmonary disease. Although many coronaviruses originate in bats, the story that humans caught SARS-CoV-2 by eating bat soup are nonsense. The mortality rate remains unknown.
In New York City, health officials have sounded alarms about a rising number of cases in certain neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens where many private religious schools opened for in-person instruction
Serious cases near threshold officials warn might lead to collapse ■ Knesset debate on limiting protests set for Tuesday ■ West Bank deaths top 300
The latest Israeli lockdown curtailed plans to visit a cousin for the Jewish new year – but that’s a relief given the government’s failure to handle the coronavirus ■ Post #22
Netanyahu seeks emergency powers to curb protests; Attorney general, Gantz object ■ Israel sees 59 COVID-19 deaths in one day
More women have become jobless than men because they worked in industries that were more affected by the coronavirus, employment service chief says
Cases in ultra-Orthodox areas have been climbing for more than a month, and the government has not made any real effort to enforce distancing rules in them
New cases were among 2,000 students who slept in same building for Rosh Hashanah prayers ■ 1,200 others who attended prayers have returned home
As the coronavirus lockdown tightens, businesses are collapsing, the health care system is tottering, the right to demonstrate has been eroded, and Bibi has no cure
Suffocating Israel's economy will carry a heavy price, and the infringement on the rights of Israeli citizens will be felt long after the virus is history
'The disillusionment is rapid – at best it doesn’t work, at worst it’s almost a pedagogical and social disaster,' education official says ■ Pupils, teachers, parents and principals tell Haaretz all about it
After a month of intense study in yeshivas, where coronavirus rates ran high, tens of thousands of students are expected to head back to their homes after Yom Kippur. Will the virus come with them?
New coronavirus regulations accept incoming flights, but departures are only permitted for passengers who purchased tickets before Friday
The facility of the global coronavirus vaccine partnership gives access to several vaccine candidates in development around the world
Younger Israelis have gotten a bad deal economically from their elders, but there’s still time to fix many of the problems
Buses and trains run until 8:00 P.M. on weekdays; No intercity service on weekends
After inconclusive overnight debate, Netanyahu bids to circumvent Knesset with 2 P.M. lockdown looming ■ Opposition figures support tighter lockdown, but insistence on banning Balfour protests remains sticking point ■ High court says it will oppose
The pandemic has wiped out many advantages of city living, driving many with means to seek temporary and permanent alternatives outside of them
Current rate of infection makes it hard for the army to operate its (growing) contact tracing system ■ What could explain the army chief's cautious approach
Dynamic designs for new needs: rooftop agriculture, movable walls and putting communal building areas to greater use ■ ‘Things won’t go back to they way they were,’ says architect Avner Yashar
The demonstrators outside his Jerusalem home will soon be known as 'Balfour Criminals' – as in 'November Criminals'
Tech sector should remain relatively unaffected, but lockdown could spell disaster for manufacturers, who say less than 1% of their workforce has tested positive to COVID
Netanyahu has an incentive to lock the country to prevent protests against him from growing, and somehow Kahol Lavan’s leaders follow, tanking the economy
Praying as usual, playing with death: Ultra-Orthodox Jews will shape the Jewish future. That’s why their response to coronavirus is our problem too
Tomer Appelbaum’s photo of an anti-Netanyahu demonstration on Rabin Square has earned him a prestigious Siena Award