By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

The Israel Ministry of Health reported Tuesday the AY4.2, previously detected in several European destinations, variant was detected in Israel.

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The patient in question is an 11-year-old boy who was detected already upon arrival in Ben Gurion International Airport, ordered to go into isolation and currently there are no additional confirmed contacts. Investigation is underway.

The Ministry of Health regularly monitors variants of concern of all types and their development.

Scientists said AY4.2 carries two characteristic mutations in the spike, Y145H and A222V, both of which have been found in various other coronavirus lineages since the beginning of the pandemic.

The first strains carrying both mutations were sequenced in April 2020. AY4.2 is rare outside the UK.