Israel’s Ministry of Health says it has identified the country’s first case of the new disease. coronavirus option for a traveler returning from Malawi.
The health ministry said Friday that the traveler and two other suspects are being isolated.
It states that all three are vaccinated, but their exact vaccination status is currently being investigated.
A new variant of the coronavirus has been discovered in South Africa, which scientists say is of concern due to the large number of mutations and the rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province.
Late Thursday evening, the government declared South Africa and six other African countries “red countries”, of which foreign nationals are prohibited from entering Israel.
Israelis returning from these countries must go through a period of isolation.
Late last year, Israel launched one of the first and most successful vaccination campaigns in the world, and nearly half of the population has received booster vaccinations.
Israel recently expanded the campaign to include children as young as five years old.
But in recent months, the country was still experiencing a wave of new infections caused by delta option, which has only recently been brought under control.