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Two Israeli doctors at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv have become infected with the highly contagious COVID-19 variant, Omicron, identified last month in South Africa.

A hospital spokesperson confirmed Tuesday the new variant was detected in two doctors, including one who returned last week from a conference in London.


Both doctors were fully inoculated with two doses of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine plus a third, booster shot.

So far the two physicians are experiencing “mild” symptoms, the hospital said.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.