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Confirmed cases of COVID Omicron variant in Israel rise to 11

Travelers wearing protective face masks arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, Nov. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Travelers wearing protective face masks arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, Nov. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

At least 11 people in Israel have been infected with the COVID Omicron variant, the Health Ministry confirms.

The number rose from an earlier figure of seven that was confirmed on Friday. The new cases involve two travelers arriving from France who had three Pfizer vaccine doses, one traveler from the United States who had three Moderna vaccines and one traveler from South Africa who had three Pfizer vaccines.

The Health Ministry suspects an additional 24 people may also be infected with the variant, pending lab confirmation.

Fears over the new Omicron variant led Israel to shut its borders to tourists last week and ban Israelis from traveling to most African nations.

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