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28 March 2020 - 14:12
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Up to 40,000 people may lose their lives due to COVID-19 in Israel, the regime’s health ministry predicted, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boasted that Israelis were fully protected against the pandemic.

RNA - Israeli daily Haaretz on Thursday reported the results of a study conducted by the regime’s health ministry regarding the eventual number of coronavirus fatalities presented to Netanyahu earlier this week.

The study, carried out by Dr. Michael Assaf and Professor Yinon Ashkenazy of the Hebrew University’s Racah Institute of Physics, forecast a scenario where almost half of Israel’s population will be infected by the coronavirus, with a death rate of 0.7 to 1 percent.

According to the prediction, 0.4 percent of Israelis, or up to 40,000 people, will eventually die should the regime not do anything effective in curbing the spread of the deadly disease.

Assaf, the leading author of the research and an expert in statistical physics and particle interactions, predicted that the current situation - a partial shutdown across the territories - will result in a peak of over 10,000 critically ill COVID-19 patients who will need respirators on a given day.

However, since the regime does not possess enough respirators, lots of these patients will lose their lives, and the outbreak will eventually kill between 20,000 and 25,000 victims. Under this scenario, the pandemic will peak in two months.

According to Assaf’s forecasts, the sickness is likely to claim the lives of two million people in Italy, and 11 million people in the United States.

As of Friday, more than 3,000 people have tested positive in Israel and ten others died.

The COVID-19 emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year and is currently affecting nearly 200 countries and territories across the globe. It has so far affected more than 530,000 people and killed over 24,000.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic.

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