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7 cases of Indian COVID variant detected in Israel

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16.04.2021

A coronavirus variant from India has been detected in Israel for the first time, the Health Ministry announced Friday.

The ministry said the strain was found among seven unvaccinated travelers who returned to Israel from abroad. It was not specified where the seven arrived from.

The variant was detected using genome sequencing, according to the Health Ministry.

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“There is still no clear information on the variant or its effect on the vaccinated and recovered,” a ministry statement said.

India has confirmed the new and potentially troublesome variant of the coronavirus, which has two mutations in the spiky protein that the virus uses to fasten itself to cells. Dr. Rakesh Mishra, director of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, said last........

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