A triple-vaccinated Israeli doctor who contracted the new Omicron Covid variant says he is convinced he caught it in the UK.
Cardiologist Elad Maur is believed to have infected a colleague at home, who was also triple-jaded, and both tested positive for the variant.
So far, doctors’ symptoms have been mild, according to Sheba Medical Center Hospital near Tel Aviv.
So far 30 omicron cases have been detected in the UK.
Scientists do not yet know whether it is more transmitted or causes worse disease, but some fear it may be the most severe form yet.
Dr Maur was at the three-day conference at the Axel London Convention Center last month, accompanied by more than 1,200 others, who were returning to Israel on 23 November.
He started experiencing symptoms within days, and tested positive on November 27.
The hospital said both he and his colleague had the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine.
Dr. Maur, 45, told Guardian He was sure he was one of the first people in the world to be infected with the new variant, saying: “I found Omicron in London, of course. It’s interesting because he was in London 10 days ago – really, really I’m very soon.”
He said that although his wife had accompanied him to London, neither he nor his children had any symptoms or tested positive for Covid.
Two others in Israel have been identified as carrying the new version, one of them being a tourist from Malawi who received the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Israel closed its borders to foreigners from all countries for two weeks on Saturday to try to stop the spread of Omicron, and counter-terrorism calls to trace contacts of a handful of people most likely to be infected. Tracking technology has been reintroduced.
“We have a lot of reasons to think this may be the worst version yet,” said Professor Christina Pagel, a member of the UK government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage).
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