Israel as a case study
In September 2020, the Israeli government was considering (and later implemented) a second “full” lockdown over the upcoming holiday season. (The first such lockdown was arranged six months earlier over the Passover holiday.) A key factor in the decision to re-lockdown the country was the governmental claim that Israeli hospitals were totally overwhelmed and had well over 100% capacity for COVID patients. The situation was allegedly so bad that the Health Ministry ordered hospitals to stop all non-urgent treatments and surgeries. Shockingly, the hospitals themselves counter-claimed that they were far from being “at capacity”. This prompted an undercover investigative report by Israeli Channel 12, which proved that the COVID wards were actually well under capacity. In response, the Israeli government quickly expunged all COVID hospital data from their website and the second “full” lockdown in Israel proceeded. Weeks later it was revealed that about a third of hospitalized COVID “patients” in fact recovered from COVID and were in the hospital for unrelated issues.
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