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Israel finds case of Covid variant first detected in South Africa

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Israel has identified a case of a Covid-19 variant with a large number of mutations first detected in South Africa, the health ministry has said. "The variant discovered in southern African states has been identified in Israel," the ministry said, adding it was recorded "in a person who returned from Malawi".

Two more cases were detected in "people returning from abroad", it said, adding that they had been placed in quarantine. The three people were all vaccinated, the health ministry said, without specifying the number of doses or the type of vaccine.

News of its spread to Israel comes a day after scientists in South Africa said they had detected the new B.1.1.529 strain with at least 10 mutations, compared with two for Delta.

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