COVID-19 Infection Rate In Chareidi Cities Has Doubled In The Past Week

Benny Gantz on a visit to Bnei Brak (Photo: Ariel Chermoni/Defense Ministry)

Data published by Israel’s Health Ministry on Sunday shows that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Chareidi cities has doubled in the past week, which may be a result of Rosh Hashanah tefillos and Selichos.

“From the beginning of Elul we see a dramatic increase in the Chareidi population of twice the amount of coronavirus cases than the general population,” said Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis, the Health Ministry’s head of Public Health, in an interview on Radio Kol Chai. “In the past week alone, 20,000 Chareidim tested positive for the coronavirus, three times the number in the general population. About half of the seriously ill Chareidi patients are under the age of 60.”

There were over 7,000 active coronavirus cases in Jerusalem on Sunday and 60% of the recently diagnosed patients are Chareidi. In Bnei Brak, a city with a population a quarter the size of Jerusalem, there were 4,055 cases on Sunday, half of them diagnosed in the past week. There were 1724 active cases in Modiin Illit, 1189 in Elad, 1211 in Beit Shemesh, and 1087 in Beitar Illit.

Jerusalem mayor Moshe Lion sent a voice message to residents of the city shortly before Yom Kippur: “I turn to you with a call of emergency a few hours before Yom Kippur,” he said. “The data we’re receiving from the hospitals is very worrying. We see the severe outbreak as a result of the Rosh Hashanah tefillos and fear another outbreak from the Yom Kippur tefillos. Who like me understands the desire to daven in your regular shul – air-conditioned and comfortable. But this year you must refrain…for our parents, for our children, for us.”

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. I actually agree with another comment this time. The emotional wave from the Corona pandemic is over. There aren’t many deaths in the Orthodox community from Corona since מנחם אב. People should let go already. This article wasn’t even worth finishing.

  2. “The emotional wave from the Corona pandemic is over. There aren’t many deaths in the Orthodox community from Corona since מנחם אב.”

    So its no big deal about those we read about here several times a week who have been niftar over the past 2 months from Corona. YWN is just making up these photos and hespeds for rabbonim and askanim. Its all just Fake news. And even if it was true, they ultimately would have been niftar from the regular flu or something else so why should be be concerned. Just a lotta hype by the editors for no reason.

  3. Ask how many shuls are having issues since so many people want to say kaddish (big problem for some shuls where only one can say kaddish at a time).

    How much have housing prices fallen due to families that died (i.e. falling demand, but not falling supply).

    Don’t announce people who test “positive” but aren’t sick (even among goyim 90% of those with Covid19 don’t get sick, and since frum Yidden are much younger than the average non-frum Israel, or American, that percentage is even higher).

    The real news is the zionists have finally decided to try to drive the frum Yidden out of Eretz Yisrael (the dream they have been yearning for during the last 150 years) and are disguising their efforts as a health measure. To them, we are the plague they wish to eradicate.