Covid-19: the new variant discovered in South Africa detected in Israel

Cases had already been detected in South Africa, Botswana and Honk Kong.

The new variant B.1.1.529 discovered in South Africa and which worries scientists has been detected in Israel, the country’s authorities announced on Friday morning.

“The variant discovered in southern African states has been identified in Israel. It is a person who returned from Malawi,” the ministry said, expressing fears “two more cases of people returning from abroad.” and placed in containment.

These three people were vaccinated against Covid-19, the Ministry of Health said in a statement without specifying the number of doses or the type of vaccine.

Emergency meetings

According to local media, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will hold a meeting in the morning with public health officials and his government to take stock of the health situation. The World Health Organization (WHO) must also meet urgently.

On the night of Thursday to Friday, the Israeli government announced that it had placed South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Eswatini on its health “red list” after the announcement of the discovery of the new variant, first detected in South Africa.

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