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Authorities scramble to locate 800 Israelis feared exposed to Omicron variant

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Authorities are scrambling to locate 800 Israelis who may have been exposed to the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, a defense official said Saturday.

The military’s Home Front Command was racing to locate the potential cases to quickly cut off any infection chains of the variant, which is feared to be more infectious than previous strains, Deputy Defense Minister Alon Schuster said.

“The variant that was discovered is worrying,” Schuster said at a media event in Mevasseret Zion. “It looks like it might be more infectious, so we’re taking action as fast as possible.”

The Home Front Command was trying to locate hundreds of people who recently returned to Israel in recent days from countries where Omicron is feared to be spreading. The Defense Ministry reopened quarantine hotels on Friday.

At least one case of Omicron was discovered in Israel, alongside three other suspected cases and fears that more could already be spreading in the population.

The potential cases will be ordered immediately to self-isolate and Home Front Command soldiers will conduct home virus tests, Prime Minister Naftali........

© The Times of Israel

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