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Israel Warns of State of Emergency After Reporting First Case of New Covid-19 Variant

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Last Updated: November 26, 2021, 15:34 IST

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Authorities had already begun immunising those aged 12 to 17 but decided to lower the age threshold in the wake of trials by Pfizer and recommendations from a panel of Israeli scientists. (Reuters)

Authorities had already begun immunising those aged 12 to 17 but decided to lower the age threshold in the wake of trials by Pfizer and recommendations from a panel of Israeli scientists. (Reuters)

Israel has reported one case of the new strain in a traveller returning from Malawi.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met health experts on Friday to discuss how best to respond to a new variant of the coronavirus that has been detected in South Africa that he said was more contagious than the Delta strain.

“We are currently on the verge of a state of emergency," Bennett said, according to a statement from his office. “Our main principle is to act fast, strong and now."

Israel has reported one case of the new strain in a traveller returning from Malawi.

Israel announced on Thursday it was barring its citizens from travelling to southern Africa and banning the entry of foreigners from the region.

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first published:November 26, 2021, 15:28 IST
last updated:November 26, 2021, 15:34 IST