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Coronavirus Israel: July daily updates.

The month of July started with 25,244 diagnosed Covid-19 coronavirus cases in Israel. By the middle of the month there were under 50,000 diagnosed cases. As we approach the end of the month, we are likely to see over 70,000 diagnosed cases. Has the second wave finally peaked? Time will tell but in the meantime, it is important that the spread be curbed.

Experts say that wearing a mask is the best protection we have so far in preventing the spread of Covid-19.  If you don't, you could spread the virus and maybe even cause the death of another person.  Please wear a mask over your mouth and nose.

july coronavirus

30 July - 6:53am

  • 2,006 new  cases of the Coronavirus were diagnosed in Israel yesterday. A total of 68,299 cases have been diagnosed since the onset of the pandemic. Israel has 35,062 active cases of the coronavirus. 328  are reported to be in serious or critical condition - 99 of them are intubated. The death toll continues to rise with 491 persons having succumbed - 5 new  deaths were reported yesterday - Worldometer
  • Hundreds stormed the barriers at the Western Wall Plaza on Wednesday night, after they were put in place to separate the worshipers due to the coronavirus restrictions.  The plaza was divided into separate sectors, each meant to hold 20 worshipers during Tisha B'Av prayers
  • Chief Rabbinate declares those who are ill with the coronavirus must not observe the Tisha B'Av fast and shorten their prayers.
  • After changes to the financial safety net for each citizen was passed, Israel Katz promises that Israel will have a budget on Sunday. (If agreement on the budget issue is not reached, it could mean a 4th election).
  • Grants and stipends are expected to be transferred to the public early next week.
  • Teachers' strike looming?  The proposed arrangement for the 2020/2021 academic year: Kindergartens and grades 1 -2 will continue as usual.  Grades 3 -4 will learn in groups of 18 and the rest will spend at least 2 days per week at school and the rest of the days will be based on remote learning. Teachers are concerned for their health.
  • The 10 riskiest places for getting infected with the novel coronavirus.
  • International news:
    • Israel helps India with Covid-19 identification. India and Israel are teaming up to test new, cutting edge technology related to the coronavirus. The data collected by the tests will be analyzed over a 10-day period by Dr. Nati Keller, Sheba Medical Center's senior clinical microbiologist. - JPost
    • In the shadow of the coronavirus the annual hajj to Mecca (Saudi Arabia) for Eid El Adha today (Heb: Chag Hakorban), one of the holiest days in the Muslim calendar, is cancelled for non-Saudis.

29 July - 6:34am

  • 2,308 new  cases of the Coronavirus were diagnosed in Israel yesterday. A total of 66,293 cases have been diagnosed since the onset of the pandemic. Israel has 33,625 active cases of the coronavirus. 316 are reported to be in serious or critical condition. The death toll in this country as a direct result of the coronavirus has climbed to 486 - 10 new  deaths were reported yesterday - Worldometer
  • Prof. Roni Gamzu - the new man in charge - lays out his plan.
    • The goal is 60,000 coronavirus tests daily
    • 'Traffic Light Plan' (Ramzor): Cities and towns will be color-coded into one of three categories; red, green or yellow and restrictions will be placed on those areas according to specific requirements.
      • "Green" municipalities will have more authority and less restrictions on residents and businesses. They will have full autonomy to operate cultural events.
      • “Yellow” municipalities will receive funding per resident, with the aim to turn the city “green.”
      • “Red” cities, on the other hand, will be run by the Home Front Command (Pikud HaOref) -- alongside the local authority.
    • The IDF will get more involved in the fight against corona and they will be responsible for certain aspects of the logistics
    • Gamzu's new deal with the Israeli public: "Minimum restrictions, maximum discipline"
  • MK Yifat Shasha-Biton's removal from the Corona Cabinet is causing tension in political circles.  The Head of the Coalition recommends that she resign before she is removed from her position. Shasha-Biton responds: My removal will not shut-down criticism or help the one million unemployed (as a result of the current crisis).
  • Grants and stipends extended: Katz and Gafni agree
    • Every citizen - 750 NIS
    • Grants for families with 1 - 4 children - 500 NIS per child
    • From the 5th child upwards - 300 NIS per child
    • Demobilized soldiers will get an additional 500 NIS.  The maximum amount for demobilized soldiers will be 1,250 NIS
    • Lone soldiers are to receive a 4,000 NIS grant.
    • This plan will cost the country millions of shekels
  • "Magen Zahav" (Golden Protection) - the new plan for the 500,000 elderly
    • Each one's specific and personal needs to be addressed
    • Coordination between various government offices
    • Also includes a plan to beat their loneliness
    • The plan still needs to be approved by the government.
  • Demonstrations in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem last night
    • One thousand demonstrators in Tel Aviv - one  throws a large stone in the direction of an undercover policeman
    • Another demonstration in front of the PM's official residence on Balfour St. in Jerusalem
  • Some 130 fines were issued on Shabbat for those not abiding to the face-mask directive

28 July - 6:33am

  • 2,029 new  cases of the Coronavirus were diagnosed in Israel yesterday. A total of 63,985 cases have been diagnosed since the onset of the pandemic. Israel has 36,378 active cases of the coronavirus. 311 are in serious or critical condition (95 are intubated). The death toll in this country as a direct result of the coronavirus has climbed to 474 - 4 new  deaths were reported yesterday - Worldometer
  • Cause for concern: Some Corona departments in Israel's public hospitals could collapse under the strain of the current wave of infection. Channel 13 reports that one of the reasons cited for this is a shortage of corona hotels for the ultra-Orthodox community resulting in a strain on available resources.
  • Prof. Ronni Gamzu: when hospitals reach the redline, we will have to consider imposing new restrictions.
  • Most crowded hospitals are in Jerusalem where larger numbers of people are infected.
  • The entertainment industry could be moving outdoors. Concerts, standup and other public performances could be held outside.  The idea is that the audience will be seated in partitioned capsules.
  • MODERNA's phase 3 clinical trials for a potential corona vaccine commenced yesterday.  Some 30,000 volunteers will be participating in the trial.
  • Anglo diaspora stats
    • USA - 4,433,410 diagnosed cases, South Africa - 452,529 diagnosed cases, UK - 300,111 diagnosed cases, Canada - 114,597 diagnosed cases, Australia - 20,558 diagnosed cases,

27 July - 6:55am

  • 1,278 new  cases of the Coronavirus were diagnosed in Israel yesterday. A total of 61,956 cases have been diagnosed since the onset of the pandemic. Israel has 34,158 active cases of the coronavirus. 303 are in serious or critical condition. The total death rate in this country as a direct result of the coronavirus has climbed to 470 - 13 new  deaths were reported yesterday - Worldometer
  • The Shabak (SHIN BET) has been tracking Israeli public, via their mobile phones, for some time.  The aim was to fight ISIS.  The project was carried out without legal authorization - Channel 13.
  • Corona Cabinet to transfer authority of epidemiological testing to the IDF
  • The Health Ministry The coronavirus contagion rate is 9.8% which means that every tenth person who tests for the virus, turns out to be infected.
  • Ministry of Transport to develop a plan for Israelis to travel to  'green countries'.  The plan includes possible coronavirus testing of Israeli travelers 72 hours before they return to Israel. The result - travelers will only be required to spend 5 days in isolation upon their return.
  • Bank of Israel announces plan to cut expenses thereby encouraging employers to retain their employees resulting in a reduction of the number of unemployed  Part of the plan is to cancel pensions to earners of up to 7,000NIS per month.  The fear is that other social benefits will also be cancelled.
  • International news
    • MODERNA, the Italian company who is developing a vaccine for the coronavirus begins the third phase of clinical trials today. This phase of the trial is expected to involve 30,000 volunteers and will test whether the vaccine protects people against the coronavirus. There are 25 potential coronavirus vaccines in clinical trials internationally.- CNN

26 July - 7:25am

  • Over 2,700 new  cases of the Coronavirus were diagnosed in Israel over the weekend A total of 60,678 cases have been diagnosed since the onset of the pandemic. Israel has 33,304 active cases of the coronavirus. 310 are in serious or critical condition and of them 94 are on ventilators. The total death rate in this country as a direct result of the coronavirus has climbed to 457 - 15 new  deaths over the weekend - Worldometer       
  • Jerusalem reported the highest number of new cases over the past week, with 1,791 diagnoses, followed by 1,020 cases in Bnei Brak, 440 in Tel Aviv and 419 in Beit Shemesh. -YNet
  • Anti-Netanyahu demonstrations continued over the weekend; in Jerusalem in front of the PM's official residence, in Caesarea in front of the PM's private residence, Tel Aviv and other major intersections across the country.  Water cannon was used to control the crowds and 12 are arrested.
  • Gyms and fitness centers re-open today.
  • Unemployment rate creeps up slightly - as at 23 July unemployment stands at 21.4% - N12
  • International news
    • North Korea officially reports its first case of the coronavirus

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