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Seeking to get ahead of new COVID subvariant, PM huddles with health officials

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Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was holding an emergency meeting with health officials on Wednesday evening in an effort to get in front of the latest coronavirus subvariant known as AY4.2.

Joining Bennett were Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz, Health Ministry director general Nachman Ash, coronavirus czar Salman Zarka, director of the ministry’s public health services Sharon Alroy-Preis, and other health officials, over the emergence of the new subvariant, first detected in Britain, said the Prime Minister’s Office.

The first known case in Israel of AY4.2 was confirmed on Tuesday in a sample taken from a young boy who returned to Israel from Moldova, health officials said. The 11-year-old boy in question tested positive after arriving at Ben Gurion International Airport this week and was sent into isolation, according to Hebrew media reports.

Health officials are considering mandating quarantine for anyone who comes in contact with someone who tests positive for the AY4.2 subvariant, even if they are fully vaccinated and otherwise exempt........

© The Times of Israel

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