“The variant AY 4.2. that has been discovered in a number of countries in Europe has been identified in Israel.” – Israel Health Ministry
Delta Subvariant Strain’s Spreads To Israel
Jerusalem: According to the health ministry, Israel has verified a case of a subvariant of the Delta strain of the coronavirus, which had previously been identified in several European countries.
In a statement released by the health ministry, they said “the variant AY 4.2. that has been discovered in a number of countries in Europe has been identified in Israel.”
The carrier was an 11-year-old boy arriving from Europe, according to the ministry, who said that the case was detected at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport. According to the ministry, the child was quarantined and no additional contacts were found.
The AY 4.2. variation has been seen multiple times recently in the United Kingdom.
The subvariant is rare, according to Francois Balloux, professor of computational systems biology at University College London, and does not seem to pose the same danger of substantially enhanced transmission as other variants.
The variant was discovered as Israel proposed easing tourist restrictions in response to a decrease in cases.
A previous attempt to reopen the borders failed due to an increase in cases caused by the Delta strain.
In late August and early September, the number of new cases per day surpassed 11,000 for the first time.
Authorities began a vigorous effort to vaccinate individuals with a third, booster injection of the Pfizer-BioNTech covid vaccine, which decreased infections.
Authorities recorded 1,487 additional cases in the preceding 24 hours on Wednesday.