A newly identified COVID strain will likely spread to Israel, a senior Israeli health official said Monday.

Dr. Nadav Sorek, manager of the microbiology laboratory at Assuta Medical Center in Ashdod, said Monday morning that it is only a matter of time before the XBB.1.5 variant of COVID, dubbed the “Kraken,” spreads to Israel.

“The question is not if, but when. This new variant which is in the US – the XBB – will come to Israel,” said Sorek.

“What is happening in China and is starting to happen now in the US is basically a new sub-variant of the Omicron. It is a variant that on the one hand spreads very quickly, but on the other hand causes less serious illness than the Alpha and Delta strains.”... Read More: Arutz-7