Tel Aviv/Jerusalem | Jagran News Desk: Israel recorded the first such case of “flurona” disease, a ‘cocktail infection’ of COVID-19 and influenza, Arab News reported. The flurona case was reported in a pregnant woman admitted at Rabin Medical Centre is Israel's Petah Tikva. The Ministry of Health of Israel is reportedly monitoring the development closely in the case.

The Ministry of Health is still studying the case, and has not yet determined whether the combination of the two viruses causes more serious illness. Health officials estimate that other patients may have had “Flurona” but had not been diagnosed.

Meanwhile, Israel has approved a fourth vaccine dose the group of population deemed vulnerable to be infected by COVID-19. Israel became the first country to do so as in the wake of preparing the country for the surge in cases due to Omicron surge.

The director general of the Health Ministry, Nachman Ash, announced the decision at a press conference late on Thursday. He says the decision is based on early research, and that officials will consider expanding the administration of a fourth dose to more of the public as they assess the situation.

Earlier Thursday, Israel received its first shipment of pills that treat the worst effects of COVID-19. Israel currently has more than 20,000 active patients, including 94 who are seriously ill. At least 8,243 people have died from COVID-19 in Israel since the start of the pandemic.

(With inputs from agencies)

Posted By: Mukul Sharma