Israel discovers cases of new covid variant first found in South Africa

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Israel discovers cases of new covid variant first found in South Africa

Israel said there were two more cases of people returning from abroad placed in quarantine. (File)

Jerusalem:

Israel has identified a case of a Covid-19 variant with a large number of mutations that was first discovered in South Africa, the Ministry of Health said on Friday.

“The variant discovered in southern African states has been identified in Israel,” the health ministry said, adding that it was registered “in a person returning from Malawi”, with “two more cases of people returning from abroad” placed in quarantine.

It comes a day after researchers in South Africa said they had discovered a new Covid-19 variant with a large number of mutations, which accused it of increasing the number of infections.

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