Most Israelis Infected With COVID-19 Had Strain That Originated In US

Israeli Magen David Adom personel and israeli soldiers at a drop off station for residents from the ultra orthodox Jewish city of Bnei Brak who have been infected by the Coronavirus, and on thier way to quarantine hotels, near the Ayalon mall on April 3, 2020. . Photo by Tomer Neuberg/ Flash90

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Most Israelis who had the COVID-19 virus were infected with a strain that originated in the United States.

About 70% of the infected patients were infected by Americans visiting Israel or by Israelis who brought the virus back with them from the United States, according to research from Tel Aviv University. This could be because visitors from the U.S. have more contact with native Israelis.

Most of the other 30% who got the virus were infected with a strain that came from Europe. No cases in Israel originated directly from China or other Asian countries, according to the study, which was widely reported in the Israeli media.

The genetic study was led by Dr. Adi Stern of the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology in the George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences at Tel Aviv University.

The study also found that a small number of “super spreaders” were responsible for most of the infections.

Some 212 Israelis who contracted the coronavirus participated in the study.

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  1. makes sense. This last galus that klal Yisroel is going thru now is “galus America” as r chaim volozhiner said that the letzte stanze fun dem galus iz galus America. That’s why we got hit the worst. This mageifah is for us yidden and our galus now is in America. All the best.

  2. So Real Reason, tell us why you hate Trump and love China.
    Is it because Trump broke your little Chinese factory in Shanghai making toilets by employing slaves, prisoners and concentration camp escapees ?
    Why do you despise the Chinese citizens and adore Xi ???
    Do tell.

    • I don’t love China.
      My remark was sarcasm.
      We have become so accustomed to his lies that nothing he says surprises us anymore.
      Just today, with his own words and not filtered by the MSM, he accused the Michigan SoS of breaking the law and accused a private citizen of murder. Wrong on both.
      He has debased the office of POTUS that he does not deserve any respect.
      He is also responsible for the pain and deaths of a lot of Jews.

  3. No need to suspend.. Swab their American nostrils. If negative, Shalom.
    If positive , stay put and enjoy the galus because you’re a contaminator.
    Israelis are innovative, don’t worry.


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