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Coronavirus: With fewer than 300 cases, why is Israel in near-lockdown?

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Almost
every aspect of the country’s crippling medical system can be
understood as the coronavirus crisis unfolds.

JERUSALEM
POST

The
novel coronavirus that has spread across the world, infecting more
than 175,000 people, has hit the Jewish state too. But according to
the Health Ministry, fewer than 300 Israelis have COVID-19, and no
one has died. So why is the government shutting the country down?
According to experts in public policy and health, the severity of the
measures being taken now is because the country has let its medical
system deteriorate for decades, and now it is unprepared. “Before
the outbreak of the current pandemic, hospital occupancy rates in
Israel were already the highest in the developed world, while its
mortality rates from infectious diseases, which doubled in the past
two decades alone, are not only higher than in every other developed
country, they are 73% higher than the second-ranked country,” said
Prof. Dan Ben-David, president and founder of the Shoresh Institution
for Socioeconomic Research and a faculty member at Tel Aviv
University’s Department of Public Policy. “We shut the country
down to deal with something that we neglected for decades.”

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