Virus czar says Uganda COVID variant found in Israel

Coronavirus czar Nachman Ash says a coronavirus variant originating in Uganda has been detected in Israel, without elaborating on the circumstances.

Israel’s main airport has been mostly shut since late January to keep virus variants at bay.

In a briefing to reporters, Ash warns the “pandemic is not behind us,” and warns Israelis to refrain from large gatherings during this week’s Purim holiday.

“You may have prayer services” in accordance with the health rules, he says, “but large meals… and parties — are totally forbidden. They are a danger to the health of us all.”

He further cautions that another outbreak as a result of Purim violations could force the government to impose additional restrictions, or even another lockdown.

Coronavirus czar Nachman Ash visits the Ziv hospital in Safed, December 24, 2020 (David Cohen/Flash90)

Ash also urges all Israelis who have yet to be vaccinated to get the shots, particularly pregnant women.

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