Hospitals told to gird for wave of coronavirus cases among kids

The government has ordered hospitals to prepare for a wave of adolescent coronavirus cases, with signs that Omicron may be spreading rapidly.

Officials have ordered that 300 beds be prepared at hospitals around the country, along with 40 ICU beds, to help ease potential overcrowding.

Kids at a school in Tel Aviv hold up antigen coronavirus testing kits, on August 30, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

“Morbidity figures in Israel and around the world point to a sharp increase in coronavirus infections, especially the Omicron variant,” the ministry says in a press release on vaccine timing.

Reports indicate poor vaccination numbers among younger kids, leading to fears that they may be ultra-susceptible.

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