COVID Variant XE: The first case of coronavirus variant XE in India has been reported from Mumbai, Maharashtra on April 6, 2022. The reporting of coronavirus variant XE was announced by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in a media release. Reportedly, patients infected with the new coronavirus variant XE have not shown any serious symptoms so far. The XE is the new sub-variant of Omicron.

However, the World Health Organization said last week that the new mutant may be more transmissible than any other strain of coronavirus. The global health body said the new mutation XE appears to be 10 percent more transmissible than the BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron.

Omicron XE: Where was it first detected?

The new Omicron subvariant was first detected in the United Kingdom on January 19, 2022. According to the researchers, the COVID variant XE is 10 times more transmissible than the previous strain. This may become the most prominent stress in the future.

Britain’s health agency said on 3 April that XE was first detected in January 2022 and that 637 cases of Omicron XE have been reported in the country so far.

What is the new COVID variant XE?

According to the UK Health Protection Agency, the new COVID variant XE which is a sub-variant of Omicron, is reportedly a mutation of the Omicron BA.1 and BA.2 strains.

XE is a recombinant mutation of the BA.1 and BA.2 Omicron strains. Recombinant mutation occurs when a patient is infected with multiple variants of the coronavirus. Existing variants combine their genetic material during replication and create a new mutation.

Omicron XE Variants: What are the Symptoms?

1. As per reports, the new COVID XE variant has not shown any serious symptoms yet, but is proving to be highly contagious.

2. Some early symptoms of Omicron XE include dizziness and fatigue, headache, sore throat, muscle aches, and fever.

3. Other symptoms of Omicron XE include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

4. Common symptoms of COVID-19, including loss of smell and taste, are rarely reported in people affected by the new Omicron XE variant.

Is the new COVID variant XE more transmissible?

Reportedly, the new Omicron Xe variant is highly permeable and is approximately 10 times more infectious than previous strains. According to the World Health Organization, early-day estimates indicate a community growth rate advantage of 10 percent compared to BA.2, however, the findings need further confirmation.

The WHO also clarified that the new COVID variant will continue to be classified as a part of the Omicron variant until more studies are conducted and significant differences are identified.

First case of COVID variant XE has been reported in Mumbai

Of the samples from 230 patients from Mumbai sent for genome sequencing, 228 came back positive for Omicron, one XE and one Kappa. Of the total 230 patients in Mumbai, 21 had to be hospitalised, although none of them required oxygen or intensive care. Of those hospitalized, 12 had not been vaccinated and 9 had received both doses of the COVID vaccine.

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