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COVID cabinet meets, hears from experts on Omicron predictions

Hospital workers wearing safety gear as they work in the coronavirus ward at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, on January 11, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Hospital workers wearing safety gear as they work in the coronavirus ward at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, on January 11, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

A meeting of the COVID cabinet is underway this evening, as experts warn that the Omicron wave will not peak for several weeks.

According to reports, health experts will tell the cabinet ministers that the current infections will double once again and reach hundreds of thousands of new daily cases sometime in the next 2-3 weeks.

Experts believe that serious cases in the current wave — which stand at around 250 now — will continue to rise, but won’t surpass the rates seen during the Delta wave last year, which saw a peak of around 1,200 serious cases at one time.

However, due to the great uncertainty around the Omicron variant, hospitals are being warned to prepare for up to 2,500 serious cases at one time, in order to be ready for the worst case scenario.

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