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Charity warns of shortage of oxygen devices to treat COVID patients at home

Oxygen concentrators used by a private ultra-Orthodox medical initiative treating coronavirus patients at their homes, without authorities' knowledge, October 2020. (Screenshot/Channel 12)
Illustrative: Oxygen concentrators used by a private ultra-Orthodox medical initiative treating coronavirus patients at their homes, October 2020. (Screenshot: Channel 12)

Yad Sarah, one of Israel’s largest charitable groups, has warned there may soon be a shortage of oxygen concentrators to lend to Israelis being treated at home for COVID-19 complications, according to Channel 12 news.

The network cites Yad Sarah saying 3,361 devices are currently being borrowed, with the number growing by 50 each day.

The group warns that at the current pace, there will be no more of the devices left to loan by Rosh Hashanah — which starts the evening of September 6 — requiring those who need oxygen to be hospitalized.

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