Hospitals said under record strain, nixing surgeries to open more COVID wards

Israel’s hospitals are under immense strain as infections soar, with many medical centers electing to cancel between 10 percent and 40% of non-urgent surgeries, and convert operating rooms into makeshift coronavirus wards, the Kan public broadcaster reports.

The report says hospitals nationwide are suffering from a shortage of manpower and beds that is the worst seen since the beginning of the pandemic.

“The third wave is more severe than the second,” the report cites the managers of the Hadassah and Rambam hospitals as saying. “The numbers of serious patients are higher. We are forced to open more coronavirus wards.”

The Health Ministry is expecting the situation to get even worse.

The ministry said earlier today that 30 confirmed cases of the more infectious British mutated strain have been identified so far in the country, including seven today. The ministry said the cases were not linked to arrivals from abroad, indicating community spread.