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Israel records first cases of Brazil, Chile coronavirus variants

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The empty departure halls of Ben Gurion International Airport, on April 19, 2021.
Nati Shohat/Flash90The empty departure halls of Ben Gurion International Airport, on April 19, 2021.

Health Ministry recommends that Israelis refrain from travelling abroad unless absolutely necessary

Israel reported on Monday two cases of the Brazilian coronavirus variant, in fully vaccinated parent and child returning from abroad, while a fully vaccinated Israeli returning from South America was the country's first confirmed case of the Chilean variant. 

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About 60 cases of the Indian strain have been recorded in Israel as of Sunday evening, mostly among foreign laborers from the Indian subcontinent.

Israel has lifted the vast majority of the restrictions imposed to stop the spread of the pandemic, after fully vaccinated more than half of its 9.3 million population in a record-setting rollout.

Only 13 new cases of the coronavirus were recorded on Saturday, out of 9,236 tests carried out.

To date, no information has been released regarding the resistance of the South American variants to the Pfizer vaccine, which has been administered to Israelis.

The Ministry of Health recommends that the general population, including those vaccinated and recovered from the coronavirus, avoid non-essential travel abroad unless it is absolutely necessary.

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