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.
 “Health Ministry claims COVID wards countrywide overcrowded”
 “The Health Ministry has ordered hospitals to discontinue all elective (non-urgent) treatments and surgeries, claiming the system is flooded with coronavirus patients”
 “Ministry’s statistics had massively inflated the number of patients at a number of hospitals”
 “In some wards, occupancy rates are only 50%, contrary to ministry report”
 “Israel’s Health Ministry has scrubbed its coronavirus information page of all data regarding the status of coronavirus hospital wards across the country.”
 “[A given patient] is defined and included in the number of hospitalized COVID patients, even though the coronavirus is not related to the reason for hospitalization”
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