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We’ll hit hundreds of sick a day, hospitals won’t cope, health czar warns

A press conference on coronavrus held by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman and Health Ministry Director-General Moshe Bar Siman Tov
(photo credit: Courtesy)

Number of coronavirus cases leaps to 427 in Israel.

Tally shows jump of 90 cases since Tuesday night; five people in serious condition; authorities attempting to enforce social distancing rules.

Health Ministry director Moshe Bar Siman-Tov tells Army Radio that he fears hospitals may soon be overrun with cases, and professionals will not be able to treat everyone.

“We’ll reach many hundreds of new sick in a day and even more than that,” he warns.

He adds that to ease overcrowding, the ministry is working off the idea that those who recover are no longer carrying the virus, and is thus freeing them to go home.

Thus far 11 people have been marked as recovered.

According to the ministry, 236 people are hospitalized, another 26 are on their way to being hospitalized, and no decision has been reached on what to do with 83 other cases.