Israel records the new Covid variant

“This variant is still unknown worldwide,” the ministry notes. (File)


The Israeli Ministry of Health said on Wednesday that it had registered two cases of the new Covid variant, but officials said they were not too worried.

The strain was recorded in the PCR tests of two passengers arriving at Ben Gurion Airport in Israel, combining two subtypes of the Omicron version of the Covid-19 virus, called BA.1 and BA.2.

“This variant is still unknown worldwide,” the ministry notes.

“The two cases of combined tension found so far had mild symptoms of fever, headache and muscular dystrophy, and did not require any special medical response,” he added.

Salman Zarka, the leader in response to the Israeli pandemic, downplayed the risks.

“The phenomenon of combined variants is well known,” Zarka told Army Radio. “At this stage, we are not concerned with serious cases.”

Of the 9.2 million people in Israel, more than four million people have been vaccinated against three coronaviruses.

(This story was not edited by NDTV staff and was automatically created from a union feed.)


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