Hospitals remain short of basic medicines, and patients are even told to bring in their own bottles — often empty Taedong Beer bottles — to use for saline drips.

I have seen this sentence . And I couldn’t understand What “ remain short of” means . Would it be okay if I say “ Hospitals remain short of basic medicines...”? I mean “Be short of” meet this meaning in this sentence .


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To remain in a state is to stay in that state. Hospitals were previously short of (suffered a shortage of) basic medicines, and they continue to be short of them. I remain hungry, because I could not find any food. I remain anxious, because my cat still has not come home.

to stay in the same place or in the same condition

Remain (Cambridge Dictionary)

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