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Knesset report says there are 1,437 spare ventilators in Israel

A new report from the Knesset’s Research and Information Center says there are currently 2,173 ventilators in Israel, 1,437 of which are not yet in use.

That’s less than the 4,000 total a Health Ministry official said there were earlier this morning.

The report, which cites Health Ministry figures, comes as the Knesset’s new coronavirus committee convenes.

Moshe Bar Siman-Tov, the director-general of the Health Ministry, tells the Knesset’s coronavirus committee he believes that in a week Israel will have 200 people in serious condition from COVID-19, more than four times the current figure.

He also says the next two weeks will be “critical,” warning there is high potential for further spread of the virus.

“We’re really scared of Passover and Ramadan,” he says. “These crowds are the most dangerous.”

Bar Siman-Tov says one of his biggest concerns is the spread of the coronavirus among Palestinians.

“We’re epidemiologically integrated organs. What happens there will ultimately happen here,” he tells the Knesset’s coronavirus committee.

According to the Palestinian Authority, there have been 77 confirmed cases in PA-controlled areas of the West Bank and another nine in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.