- Cases of new COVID-19 variant have been recorded in Israel.
- The new variant is said to be a combination of Omicron’s dominant subvariants BA.1 and BA.2
- Israel has granted exemption to those travelling from Ukraine for COVID testing prior to their flight in Israel.
The menace of COVID doesn’t seem to be fading anytime soon. A new variant of the coronavirus has started infecting people. As per multiple media reports, two returning passengers at Ben Gurion Airport in Israel have tested positive with the new variant. The new variant is a combination of Omicron’s dominant subvariants BA.1 and BA.2.
The two persons infected with the new strain have mild symptoms such as fever and headaches with no requirement of special medical response.
Israel has reported 3,740,125 confirmed cases of COVID-19 from 3 Jan 2020 to 17 March 2022. Nearly 14 million vaccine doses have been administered in the country, as of 5 March 2022. The number of COVID-cases in the country started declining from mid of January and the graph has been trending downward on a consistent basis.
Israel’s current travel rules for COVID-19
On Tuesday, 15 Mar 2022, Israel and Egypt entered an agreement to start direct flights between the two countries. The flights will be scheduled to fly between Tel Aviv and Sharm el-Sheikh.
Information on the new COVID-19 variant
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The new variant of coronavirus reported in Israel is said to be a combination of Omicron’s dominant subvariant BA.1 and the newer BA.2. Omicron comprises several genetically related sublineages including BA.1, BA.2, and BA.3. At a global level, BA.1 has been the predominant Omicron strain.
There are genetic differences between BA.1 and BA.2, which may make them antigenically distinct. The initial data from population-level studies suggest that infection with BA.1 provides substantial protection against reinfection with BA.2, at least for a limited period. However, there have been cases, where people have been infected with BA.2, even after contracting BA.1.
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