A new ‘Delta Plus’ variant has been found to spread more contagious infections in Israel, causing another wave of concern for the Jewish nation.
According to researchers, the Delta Plus variant is slightly different than the quickly spreading Delta variant, with the Delta Plus version containing an extra mutation in the spike protein on the surface of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. There are at least two versions of the Delta Plus variant spreading worldwide. It has been found in the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Russia, Nepal, Japan, Portugal, and now Israel.
As of this Wednesday, four Israeli’s were reported to have caught the Delta Plus variant, as total cases continue to see a rise in the country. What’s worse is that Israel saw its first two deaths in weeks, one of which involved an unvaccinated 48-year-old.
Over 500 new cases were confirmed on Wednesday for the second day in a row, the highest number of cases in months. Health Ministry officials warned that the number of daily coronavirus cases will reach 1,000 by next week. The number of seriously ill patients increased to 40, the highest number in four months, with 16 patients ventilated. However, the number of seriously ill patients is relatively low in light of the number of active cases since the majority of current virus carriers are children and teens. The Health Ministry confirmed 518 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, increasing the number of active cases to 3,568.