Five additional cases of the new variant of Sars-CoV-2 have been detected in Israel.

The new variant, so far known as AY4.2, has begun appearing in various parts of the world, most notably in the United Kingdom, where it is estimated that as many as ten percent of daily new cases are caused by this new mutation of the Delta variant.

The first case to have been discovered in Israel was that of an eleven-year-old boy who had recently returned from Moldova and was already in quarantine when his test came back positive.

Once his case was confirmed to have been caused by AY4.2, the Health Ministry commenced a new investigation of confirmed cases over the past few months, and discovered five more cases of the new Delta mutation.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett held a consultation with senior government and ministry figures on ways to combat the spread of the new mutation. The Prime Minister stressed that developments must be closely monitored and acted upon quickly.

Bennett ordered that each case of the new strain in Israel be focused upon with an increased epidemiological investigation. It was also decided to contact countries in which the variant exists, in order to clarify and share information.