Israel has identified a number cases of an “Indian variant” of the coronavirus among arrivals from abroad, coronavirus czar Nachman Ash tells Channel 12.
The majority of cases were identified through tests conducted at Ben Gurion Airport while the remainder were identified while the arrivals were still quarantining, Ash says.
He says not very much is known about the new variant but that it appears to spread rapidly.
However, Ash clarifies that the vaccines being distributed to Israelis are still the most effective tool to use against the virus.
Ash adds that while over five million Israelis have received at least one dose of a vaccine, the country does not yet have herd immunity.