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Israel reports 4 more Omicron infections, bringing total to 11

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The Health Ministry on Sunday reported another four cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant, raising the number of confirmed infections in Israel from the highly mutated strain to 11.

The new infections included a man who the ministry said was exposed to someone who had recently returned from South Africa, the first apparent case of Omicron to be contracted in the country.

The man had received three doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

Two of the other cases were people returning from France, both of whom had been administered three shots of the Pfizer vaccine.

The fourth infection occurred in a man who arrived from the United States. He was inoculated with Moderna’s vaccine and had received a booster shot.

Of the 11 Omicron cases verified by Israel, four were unvaccinated. One woman, a tourist from Malawi, was vaccinated with AstraZeneca’s shot. All the other vaccinated cases had received a booster.

The Health Ministry said it was waiting on the results from genetic sequencing of another 24 infections in which there was a “high suspicion” of Omicron. According the ministry, eight of those people were “fully........

© The Times of Israel

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