Israel detects first case of Covid-19 Delta variant 'AY4.2'

A healthcare worker taking a swab sample from a traveller at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Lod, near Tel Aviv, on Oct 13. PHOTO: REUTERS

JERUSALEM (XINHUA) - The first case of a new Covid-19 Delta variant "AY4.2" was detected in Israel on Tuesday (Oct 19), the country's Ministry of Health said.

This is the variant that was previously found in several European countries, the ministry noted.

It was detected in an 11-year-old boy, who underwent a Covid-19 test at Ben Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv, upon his return from Moldova.

The ministry added that epidemiological investigation is being conducted, and all types of coronavirus variants and their development are being constantly monitored in the country.

Also on Tuesday, the ministry reported 1,487 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total tally of infections in the country to 1,319,001.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Israel rose by 11 to 8,021, while the number of patients in serious condition decreased from 357 to 353.

The total recoveries from the virus climbed to 1,293,854 after 1,750 newly recovered cases were recorded, while active cases decreased to 17,126.

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