Israel announces discovery of ‘unknown’ type of coronavirus

Israel announces discovery of 'unknown' type of coronavirus
Woman walks past pole with masks thrown at hundreds in Israel (Photo: Jack Gage / AFP)

Israel’s Ministry of Health announced, this Wednesday (16/3), the detection of two cases of contagion by an unknown variant of the coronavirus, without any apparent severity, and that combines the subvariants BA.1 and BA.2.

“This variant is not yet known in the world, and two cases were discovered, thanks to PCR tests carried out at the Ben Gurion airport, at the entrance to Israel,” the statement issued by the ministry said.

“Infected people had mild symptoms of fever, headache and muscle aches and did not require specialized medical care,” the note said.

In an Israeli military radio interview, the head of the Israeli government’s anti-Covid strategy, Salman Zarka, said that “the phenomenon of combined forms is well known” and that, “at the moment, we are not concerned” that the new version may lead to “serious cases”. can give.

In the context of a new rise in cases in the world, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is due to meet with health ministry officials this Wednesday, according to information released by his office.

Health conditions have worsened in many countries due to the spread of the BA.2 subvariant, which is particularly contagious but which, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), causes more severe forms of the coronavirus than the BA.1 does not cause. ,

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