Israel is finding new cases of rapid spread of the virus strain


Israel on Wednesday found at least four new cases of a new rapidly spreading strain of coronavirus that appeared in the UK last week.

Three people who tested positive for the new strain of COVID-19 recently arrived from the UK, while another has not left the country in recent days, the Israeli health ministry said in a statement.

On Sunday, Israel enacted a series of measures to curb the spread of the new strain.

Passengers from Great Britain, Denmark and South Africa were banned, except for Israeli citizens, who will be subject to a 14-day quarantine.

On Monday, Tel Aviv banned all foreigners from entering the country for at least 10 days, except those with work visas and their families.

Under the measures, all Israelis returning from abroad will be kept in quarantine at designated hotels beginning Wednesday at 10 p.m.

The United Kingdom last week announced the rapid spread of a new strain of COVID-19 in southern England.

The World Health Organization has asked countries to double their health measures in light of the new strain.

* Written by Zehra Nur Duz

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