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As hospitals overflow, As Haifa’s Rambam transforms car park into virus ward

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24.09.2020

AFP — As Israeli doctors confront a surge in coronavirus cases, with some patients waiting for hours in ambulances, one hospital is tackling the crisis by transforming its car park into a ward.

Wearing a white face mask and gown, Michael Halberthal expressed his frustration that his hospital in the northern city of Haifa has been pushed to take such a dramatic step.

“(It’s) extremely unfortunate that we have to get to this position,” said Halberthal, general director of the Rambam Health Care Campus.

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Just days after management approved the decision, the underground car park has become a ward, complete with beds and wheelchairs. A medic works in the underground parking of Rambam Health Care Campus which was transformed into an intensive care facility for coronavirus patients, in the northern Israeli city of Haifa on September 23, 2020. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP)

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