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New COVID Variant
By Micah Halpern

Friday November 26, 2021
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A new and powerful COVID variant has been detected. This variant is called B.1.1.529.

22 people in South Africa have become sick and scientists say that even 3 shots will not protect us from this new variant.

Israel, along with several other nations, has coded South Africa “red” and travel to that country is prohibited.

Israelis who want to return to Israel from South Africa must now isolate for 10 days even if they have been given 3 doses of COVID vaccine. They will also have to test negative after their isolation.

In addition to South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eswatini and Namibia are also part of the travel ban.

Only a few weeks ago, in the beginning of November, Israel lifted all restrictions and said that if you have had 3 doses of the vaccine you can travel anywhere. This new variant has modified that optimistic plan.

An official statement from the PM’s office reads: "The prime minister instructed officials to immediately stop all flights to destinations in Africa."

Medical professionals explain that the B.1.1.529 variant has a "very unusual combination" of mutations which raise concerns that it might be more transmissible and more capable of evading the body's immune response than the variants we have seen until now.

Scientists are quickly trying to complete the genetic sequencing of the variant to best understand how to combat this new COVID threat before it spreads out of control.

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28 November 2021 10:38 PM in Thoughts

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