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New covid variant: Israel discovers two cases of an unidentified variant

A new variant of the Omicron version of the Covid-19 virus, which combines two sub-variants called BA.1 and BA.2, has been discovered in Israel. This strain was identified through PCR tests conducted on two passengers who arrived at Ben Gurion airport.

India TV News Desk Edited By: India TV News Desk New Delhi Updated on: March 16, 2023 15:23 IST
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New covid variant: Israel's health ministry has reported the discovery of a new variant of Covid on, which comprises two sub-variants of the Omicron version of the virus, referred to as BA.1 and BA.2. The variant was identified during PCR testing conducted on two individuals who had recently arrived at Ben Gurion airport.

According to a statement by the ministry, this new variant of Covid-19 is currently not known anywhere else in the world. The statement went on to explain that the two cases of this combined strain discovered so far have only exhibited mild symptoms such as fever, headaches, and muscle pain, and therefore do not require any special medical attention.

The new variant of Covid-19 was discovered during PCR tests conducted on the passengers arriving at Israel's Ben Gurion airport. .

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Israel's head of public health, Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis, has stated that the occurrence of combined variants is a well-known phenomenon, and there is no cause for concern at present regarding any severe cases resulting from this new variant.

Out of Israel's population of 9.2 million, over four million people have already received three doses of the Covid vaccine. To date, the country has recorded almost 1.4 million cases of Covid-19 infection, with 8,244 fatalities.

Israel's Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced last month that unvaccinated tourists would be permitted to enter the country as Covid-19 restrictions were being eased. The country had seen a steady decline in the number of Covid cases.

Israel was among the first countries to roll out a nationwide vaccination campaign in December 2020. However, a previous attempt to reopen its borders in November 2021 was unsuccessful due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, which forced them to close again within a few weeks.

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The Israeli government recently declared that individuals aged 60 and above, along with healthcare workers, would be offered a fourth dose of the Covid vaccine, as there has been a significant increase in cases due to the Omicron variant.


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