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Second person carrying Omicron identified in Israel

A second person in Israel has been confirmed to be carrying the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the Health Ministry says.

The woman entered Israel from South Africa recently, the ministry says.

An Israeli citizen, aged 32, she had been vaccinated three times, Channel 13 reports. She had been on vacation with her husband and child, and they have both tested negative for COVID, the TV report says.

The first confirmed carrier in Israel is a Malawi citizen.

Several others are suspected to be carrying the mutated virus, but are still awaiting final confirmation, Ynet reports.

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