Israeli authorities said Sunday that they expect to make more than 100,000 patients available for treatment in Israel’s largest healthcare system for children under age three, following a major increase in cases of the bacterial disease SARS-CoV-2, a spokesman said.
The spokesman, Yehuda Ben Gurion, said the government was also preparing for a record number of cases of coronavirus.
The total number of patients being treated in Israel for SARS in hospitals and clinics has increased by more than 50% since October, according to Health Minister Ayelet Shaked.
Israel’s health ministry reported a sharp increase in the number of children being treated, with at least 50% of the cases among children under the age of 3, and more than 80% among children in the age group 5-9.
A total of 8,837 children were admitted to the hospitals and medical clinics, which include primary care, after being exposed to the coronaviruses coronavillavirus, coronavax and simvastatin, the ministry said in a statement.
Shaked said the total number could rise further as more cases are identified.
Children with SARS have to be hospitalized for treatment.
The coronavovirus, which causes severe respiratory and circulatory complications, was first discovered in Israel in March 2015, and the disease first became widely known in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
The government estimates that more than 4 million people have been infected with the virus, most of whom have died.
In April, the government said it had registered more than 5 million new infections of the virus in the past 12 months, with nearly 1.5 million deaths.