Israel Reports Sharp Uptick in Coronavirus Infections; Students at Six Israeli Schools Test Positive; PA Easing Coronavirus Infections; Pfizer Offers Vaccine Hope

Israel has reported a sharp jump in coronavirus infections with 115 in 24-hours. Health Ministry officials are blaming the spike on the public’s waning adherence to social distancing guidelines. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more… Yuli Edelstein, Israel’s new health minister, warned of a possible new lockdown, saying the daily rate of new positive test results for coronavirus is now five time higher than several days ago. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more… The spread of the virus resulted in all teachers, staff, and students of a Jerusalem high school entering quarantine. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more… Six other Israel schools have also found coronavirus cases among their students. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more…

The Palestinian Authority began easing coronavirus restrictions across the West Bank. The PA made the announcement on May 25, 2020. Government offices, courts, shops, schools and public transportation were to resume normal operations. Businesses were permitted to resume operations the following day, with government employees returning to work after the Eid al-Fitr holiday (Wednesday, May 27). Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more… Palestinians celebrated the Muslim al-Fitr holiday. Unlike Ramadan, observed during a period of partial lockdown due to coronavirus, most restrictions had been lifted. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more… Despite easing coronavirus restrictions, the PA refused to accept medical aid from the United Arab Emirates. The aid arrived via the first direct commercial flight from the UAE to Israel. The PA says it rejected the aid because it refused to be used as a “tool for normalization” of relations between Israel and the UAE. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more…

Pfizer labs extended an offer of hope this week, saying a coronavirus vaccine could be ready as early as the fall of 2020. Pfizer warned, however, that the challenge of getting the vaccine to the public would be “daunting” as it estimates that 15 million doses would be necessary to halt the pandemic. Reported by The Times of Israel.Read more…