National Emergency Authority fears fierce coronavirus second wave

Israel’s National Emergency Authority fears a second wave of coronavirus infections and is calling on the government to use the relative lull in cases to prepare hospitals for a substantial increase in respiratory ventilation and treatment capacities, the Kan public broadcaster reports.

According to the report, the authority has prepared a model that forecasts a second wave of infections at around the time of the Jewish new year, which this year falls in mid-September.

According to the forecast, the number of cases could reach tens of thousands, with thousands hospitalized and deaths estimated between several hundred to the low thousands.

Medical staff in the coronavirus unit, at Ichilov hospital, Tel Aviv, May 4, 2020. (Yossi Aloni/Flash90)

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