Israel: Respirator Shortage, Health Ministry’s Deputy Estimates 50,000 Total Cases


There are only 50 respirators are left in the Health Ministry’s emergency warehouses, according to a Channel 13 report. Additionally, there has been another report of an argument that broke out between the Health Ministry’s CEO Moshe Bar Siman Tov and his deputy, Prof. Itamar Grotto, regarding the number of people who have contracted the coronavirus.

According to the report, Grotto said in meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu present, that he estimated the true number of people sick with COVID-19 is actually 50 times the number currently stated, “In my estimation, there are 50,000 people carrying the virus”.

There are also reports that Grotto’s estimate in baseless. In addition, Litzman said that there is no shortage of respirators.

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