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Israel reports first known COVID death from Omicron variant

Mobile vaccination clinic in Jerusalem on February 26, 2021 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]
Mobile vaccination clinic in Jerusalem on February 26, 2021 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

Israel recorded its first known death from the Omicron variant of COVID-19, according to Israeli news media which reported that an elderly man died in Beersheba on Monday, reports Reuters.

The patient died at Soroka Medical Center and had pre-existing conditions, according to the Times of Israel and Ynet news reports on Tuesday.

The two new agencies both said he was over 60 and had received two vaccine doses but not a third booster shot.

The Health Ministry and Soroka did not immediately respond to requests for confirmation. Earlier the Health Ministry said there were at least 340 known cases of Omicron in Israel.

READ: Iran reports its first case of Omicron coronavirus variant

Coronavirus is affecting the whole world, will it unite us - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Coronavirus is affecting the whole world, will it unite us? – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

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