In first, Israeli coronavirus mutation identified

The Health Ministry is set to report that researchers have discovered what they are calling the first native Israeli strain of SARS-CoV-2: the Israeli mutation.

The strain, P681H, has been present since November and was found in 181 patients, according to Channel 12, which reported on the not-yet-published research.

A key professor involved in the study confirmed the report to The Times of Israel.

The strain is mostly marked by a single changed protein and does not appear to be any more infectious or dangerous than the original novel coronavirus.

According to the channel, it has been found as far away as Nigeria and Hawaii.