In recent news, it has been reported that a new variant of the coronavirus has emerged. Thus, on Sunday morning, the coronavirus cabinet in the State of Israel made an important announcement.
It recommended that all the citizens returning from countries such as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, England, and Denmark should quarantine themselves in a hotel. They were directed towards a hotel that has been designated to allow people to isolate themselves upon their return to the country.
Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis, the head of Public Health Services, informed the public that the relevant authorities are currently trying to prevent Israelis from visiting countries that have reported the arrival of the new British coronavirus mutation. She cited England, Australia, and South Africa as examples.
Moreover, the Prime Minister of UK, Boris Johnson, along with various scientists made an announcement on Saturday, stating that a new strain of the novel coronavirus has been identified in the country. They reported that it is nearly 70% more infectious.
Johnson also reported that Southeast England and London will now be placed in a Tier 4 level. Thus, all planned celebrations for the holiday season will be reversed in these areas, which had previously been ranked at the top-most level of a three-tier system. Christmas is, consequently, not going to be celebrated in public places all over the UK.
Reports from scientists have also revealed that though this new strain is more infectious than the ones that already exist, it is not more lethal resistant to vaccines.
Chezy Levy, the director-general of the Health Ministry, stated that this mutation spreads at a faster rate. However, there is no proper evidence to conclude that it is resistant to the developed vaccines.
Recently, Netherlands made an announcement to ban all flights into the country that are carrying any passengers from the United Kingdom. This was going to be made effective from Sunday in light of the new British variant that was just discovered.
The statement by Netherlands further revealed that in early days of December, the same virus strain from the UK had also been found in the country.
In other news, Prof. Nachman Ash, the coronavirus commissioner, published a letter to encourage the citizens of the country to get vaccinated as soon as possible. He said that it was imperative that at least 98% of the population of the country gets the vaccine to ensure that Israel is up and running once again.
The letter contained details from the professor on how the vaccine works. He also addressed the concerns that people have regarding it. According to him, a code is inserted into the body that activates the cells and makes them create a single protein. This protein protects the body from the formation of antibodies and thus, provides protection from the virus.
The code, the commissioner explained, is currently in the form of mRNA. It is swiftly eliminated from the body but, leaves behind immune cells and antibodies. The two together fight against the virus and therefore, the vaccine is effective, ingenious, and safe.