QA.5: New COVID variant discovered in Israel

 BA.5: New COVID variant detected in Israel

The Israeli Ministry of Health said on Tuesday that two more people who arrived from abroad tested positive for the novel variant COVID BA.5 and one tested positive for variant BA. 4. This is reported by Ynet.

Cases of infection with new strains of coronavirus were discovered during testing at Ben Gurion Airport, which passengers must undergo upon landing in Israel.

For the first time, that the BA.4 strain was found in Israel, it became known on Monday. The virus was found in three travelers returning from Italy, Singapore and South Africa.

strain “Omicron”, as well as variants BA.2 and BA.3, which have already been confirmed in Israel.

“If we look at BA.4, we will see that it is found in several locations including the US, Botswana, Denmark and the UK. It's still too early to tell if it's more aggressive, although it doesn't look like it,” said the professor.

According to Professor Cohen, the WHO is closely monitoring strains BA.4 and BA.5.

It is noted that at the moment the Ministry of Health has not published additional information about the new variants found in Israel.

By the way, new strains of coronavirus were discovered after the Israeli government lifted the mandatory wearing masks in all premises, except for places with a high risk of infection.

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