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PA sends 100 suspected Omicron cases to Israel for testing

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Fearing that the Omicron variant had reached the West Bank, the Palestinian Authority transferred 100 coronavirus samples to an Israeli hospital for testing, Israeli and Palestinian officials said on Sunday.

“We have around 100 samples that we suspect [may have the variant]. We’ve transferred those to Tel Hashomer hospital, where they will be tested, and we’re waiting for answers from there,” Palestinian Authority Health Minister Mai al-Kaila told official Voice of Palestine radio on Sunday morning.

The new Omicron variant has raised concerns around the world, leading some countries to reimpose tightened restrictions on travel. Israel shut its borders to most foreign tourists in late November while officials seek to determine the severity of the threat posed by the new strain.

According to al-Kaila, the majority of the suspected cases are among Palestinians who returned to the West........

© The Times of Israel

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