According to a report in Haaretz, Israel’s health ministry has confirmed two cases of the unknown Covid variant. The variant could be a combination of the BA.1 (Omicron) and BA.2 variants, the report claimed, after RT-PCR tests were conducted on patients upon landing at Ben-Gurion International Airport.
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The patients had developed symptoms such as fever, headache and muscle pain, the health ministry was quoted as saying, and are in their 30s.
Israel’s Covid boss Professor Salman Zarka was quoted as saying that cross-breeding is a common phenomenon that occurs due to the presence of two viruses in the same cell. Explaining the process, the professor said two viruses multiply and exchange genetic material after which a new virus is formed.
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The report says that while Omicron cases have decreased in Israel, Ba.2 infections continue to rise. Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met with the country’s Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz, after which the premier ordered strict adherence to the Mark policy in closed spaces and urged people to get vaccinated with three doses, the report said. Did.
The report said that 6,310 people were found to be Kovid positive in Israel this week, of whom 335 are in critical condition and 151 are on respirators.