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3 cases of South African variant found in random sampling

The Health Ministry has found three cases of the South African variant this week after sequencing a random group of test samples, prompting concern the strain could be spreading undetected in the country.

The three people had not been exposed to the previous 27 cases of the South African mutation confirmed in Israel.

Experts fear the variant could prove vaccine-resistant, though initial studies have indicated the shots would still offer protection against the strain.

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