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Netanyahu: Gov’t trying to cover up true amount of hospitalized COVID patients

Raoul Wootliff is the The Times of Israel's political correspondent.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims that the government is trying to cover up the true amount of coronavirus patients hospitalized in Israel.

Apparently referring to a report last week in Israel Hayom, which was denied by the heads of several major hospitals, Netanyahu says the new government told medical centers that they would only receive emergency coronavirus funding if they lied about the number of people with COVID-19 in their care.

“Bennett is trying to hide from the citizens of Israel the depth of his coronavirus failure,” Netanyahu says in a video posted to his social media accounts.

“We need to investigate this and, above all, we need to send this failed government home,” he claims.

Bennett, on Wednesday, unveiled a NIS 2.5 billion ($777 million) plan to bolster Israeli hospitals ahead of an expected influx of coronavirus patients, which health officials have reportedly predicted could reach 4,800 in a month — half of them seriously ill.

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