IDF believes British variant already in Israel — report

The IDF Home Front Command, which runs the state’s coronavirus quarantine hotels, believes the British mutation has likely arrived in Israel, the Ynet news site reports.

The assessment comes as the army gears up to quarantine all citizens who enter Israel from all other countries starting Wednesday at 10 p.m. in the military-run facilities, per a government order aimed at preventing the variant from spreading in Israel.

A technician collects nasal swab samples for COVID-19 at the coronavirus lab, at Ben-Gurion International Airport, near Tel Aviv on December 14, 2020 (Yossi Aloni/Flash90)