For the first time, Brazilian and Chilean coronavirus variants discovered in Israel – fr

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For the first time, Brazilian and Chilean coronavirus variants discovered in Israel – fr


For the first time, Israelis in the country were found to be infected with variants of the coronavirus that have spread to South America, the health ministry said on Monday.

A vaccinated man and a baby carried the Brazilian variant, while the Chilean strain was found in another vaccinated adult, the ministry said in a statement.

All three had returned from abroad, although the ministry did not specify which country they came from. He also did not indicate whether they were symptomatic.

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In addition, 19 more people have been diagnosed with another mutation ravaging India, bringing to 60 the number of Israelis found to be carrying the strain, the statement said.

The health ministry said there was still no clear information on the new variants or their influence on those vaccinated, or those who have already recovered from COVID-19.

In light of the findings, the health ministry reiterated its instruction to Israelis not to make unnecessary trips abroad.

Health officials fear that, as it is still unclear how effective the current COVID-19 vaccines are against new mutations in the virus, an outbreak could occur in Israel, delaying the country’s vaccination program, which has been successful. to reduce the number of daily cases of thousands of people. at the start of the year to only a few dozen.

Fears that new variants of the virus could spread to Israel have led to an order from the Health Ministry barring Israelis from traveling to India, Mexico, South Africa, Brazil, Ukraine, Ethiopia or Ethiopia. Turkey unless they receive special permission. Israelis can take connecting flights through these countries, as long as the layover is less than 12 hours.

Israel last week identified 41 cases of the Indian variant of the coronavirus, including five in children and five among fully vaccinated people.

A senior health official said on Wednesday that it was not clear that COVID-19 vaccines offer protection against the Indian variant, and cited this concern as one of the main reasons Israel must ban travel. in countries with high coronavirus infection rates.

Additionally, five children from five schools were diagnosed with the Indian variant. Since the vast majority of children under 16 are not vaccinated, this has raised fears of a new epidemic after infections have been declining steadily for several months, following the country’s rapid vaccination campaign.

At the end of last month, the Jewish state passed the milestone of more than 5 million people having received both vaccines.

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