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New Variant coronavirus found in Africa

Key Takeaway:

  • On Friday, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that Israel is “on the threshold of an emergency” after authorities detected the country’s 1st case of a new coronavirus variant and banned travel to and fro from African countries.

A coronavirus variant has been found in South Africa because of its high number of mutations and fast spread among young people in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province

On Friday, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that Israel is “on the threshold of an emergency” after authorities detected the country’s 1st case of a new coronavirus variant and banned travel to and fro from African countries.

The Health Ministry said it found the new strain in a traveler from Malawi and investigated two cases. The three individuals, who were vaccinated, were kept in isolation.

A coronavirus variant has been found in South Africa because of its high number of mutations and fast spread among young people in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province.

Bennett said it is contagious and spreads more rapidly than the delta variant at a Cabinet meeting on Friday to discuss the new variant. He said authorities were still gathering data on whether it needs a vaccine or is deadlier.

“We are currently at the emergency,” he said. “I have asked each one to be prepared and to join in the work around the clock fully.”

The government said that all countries in sub-Saharan Africa would be considered “red countries” from which nationals are banned from traveling to Israel. Israelis are not allowed to visit such countries, and those returning from them must undergo a period of isolation.

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The Israeli military will locate all individuals who have been to red countries in the last week and has asked them to go into isolation when testing is carried out.

Israel launched the world’s first and most successful vaccination campaigns last year, and half the population has taken a booster shot. Israel recently expanded the campaign to include kids as young as 5.

With a population of about more than 9 million, Israel has reported at least 8,182 deaths since the start of the pandemic. According to the Ministry, it has more than 7,000 active cases, including 120 seriously ill.

Source-CTV News

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