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Health Ministry clarifies: Only 2 Israelis have tested positive for Omicron variant

A medical worker tests an Israeli woman for COVID-19 in Rome, Italy, on November 11, 2021. (Yahav Gamliel/Flash90)
A medical worker tests an Israeli woman for COVID-19 in Rome, Italy, on November 11, 2021. (Yahav Gamliel/Flash90)

The Health Ministry says that only two Israelis have tested positive for the Omicron COVID variant, contrary to reports that four people — including two doctors — were found to have the strain.

According to the ministry, there are 17 more individuals who have tested positive for COVID and have been exposed to the variant who could potentially be carrying it, but test results have yet to confirm. Just three of them have been vaccinated with all three Pfizer doses, and 10 of them were recently abroad.

The two positive Omicron cases, says the ministry, are a traveler vaccinated by the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine who arrived from Malawi and a traveler who has received three Pfizer doses who was in South Africa.

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