Ministry of Health: The variant discovered in Africa was first identified in Israel

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Just hours after Prime Minister Bennett decided to stop the entry of foreigners from a number of countries in Africa, following fears of the new strain – the Ministry of Health announced this morning (Friday) that the South African strain has been identified in Israel. A vaccinated passenger who returned from Malawi was diagnosed with the variant, in addition to two cases of returnees from abroad who are suspected of being infected as well – and meanwhile are in solitary confinement.

“In all three cases, these are vaccinated whose immunization details are currently being verified. Regarding the two suspects, they are currently awaiting the results of their flooring and have been sent to solitary confinement,” the ministry said in a statement.

Ben Gurion Airport. Archive | Photo: Avshalom Shashoni, Flash 90

List of countries in Africa defined as red: South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Aswatini. Foreigners from these countries will not be able to enter Israel. All returnees from these countries, including those vaccinated with a third vaccine, will be referred for isolation in Corona hotels for a week and will be released after performing 2 PCR tests that have a negative result. Passengers who refuse to be checked will be charged for 14 days of isolation at the Corona Hotel. Bennett also instructed to examine the immediate halting of flights from these countries to Israel and from Israel to them, or the application of another outline to prevent the spread of the new strain in the country.

The new variant that worries the Ministry of Health is called B1.1.529 and has so far been discovered in a number of countries on the African continent. It includes a number of mutations that may be more contagious and the effectiveness of the vaccine may even be impaired.

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