: Variant AY 4.2: New Delta subspecies detected in Israel

In Israel, an infection with a new subspecies of the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus has been detected, which has already occurred in several European countries. “The variant AY 4.2, which was discovered in a number of countries in Europe, has been identified in Israel,” said the Israeli Ministry of Health on Tuesday evening. The infected person was therefore an eleven-year-old boy who had come from Europe.

According to the information, the infection was already detected when the boy arrived at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. The eleven-year-old was quarantined.

Has appeared multiple times in the UK

The subspecies AY 4.2 has already been identified several times in Great Britain. University College London biologist François Balloux told AFP news agency that this sub-variant is rare and does not appear to be as contagious as other subspecies of the coronavirus.

Israel is currently considering easing its corona restrictions in tourism due to the falling number of infections. The government had dropped previous plans because of the increasing number of cases due to the delta variant. At the end of August and the beginning of September, more than 11,000 corona infections were detected in Israel every day.

However, in the course of a campaign for a third corona vaccination, the number of cases fell again. On Wednesday, the Israeli authorities reported 1,487 new infections within 24 hours.

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