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2 more cases of AY3 variant said detected among returning travelers

A medical technician tests a passenger for COVID-19 at Ben Gurion Airport on June 30, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
Illustrative: A medical technician tests a passenger for COVID-19 at Ben Gurion Airport on June 30, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Two more cases of the new Delta offshoot variant AY3 have been found detected among returning travelers over the past week, Army Radio reports.

The Health Ministry announced the first AY3 cases in Israel earlier this month, with the report saying 16 infections caused by the variant have now been detected in the country.

There is no immediate confirmation from the Health Ministry.

The variant is a further mutated version of Delta that is being closely watched around the world. It is not yet known if the strain is more contagious or deadly than the original Delta.

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