Israel discovered that five more people had been infected by the AY4.2 sub-strain of the COVID Delta variant, the Health Ministry reported on Thursday.
This comes after Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met with top health officials on Wednesday night to discuss the discovery on Tuesday of the first case of the sub-strain of the Delta variant in the country.
Also on Thursday, the Health Ministry reported 331 serious coronavirus cases in Israel, a 57% drop from the peak in the last quarter.
At the end of August, the number of seriously ill COVID patients reached 766, but the numbers have been steadily declining since the end of September in light of an accelerated booster shot drive, which has seen almost 3.9 million people receive the third dose.
Despite making up around 15% of the population, the unvaccinated compromise 77% of the seriously ill patients in Israel. Just under 16% of the seriously ill patients are fully inoculated.