Severity of COVID-19 XE Variants: After the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) confirmed that a 50-year-old woman with a travel history to South Africa could be infected with the variant, India on April 6, 2022 launched its first test of the new COVID-19 Omicron XE variant. reported the matter.
The patient is a 50-year-old fully vaccinated South African national who had traveled to India on February 10. He was found to be COVID-19 positive after a routine test on February 27. On arrival he had tested negative.
Current evidence does not suggest presence of XE in India: Health Ministry
However, the Union Health Ministry has issued a statement saying that the existing evidence does not suggest the presence of the XE variant of COVID in India. The ministry has denied reports that the first case of the Omicron XE variant was reported in Mumbai.
The ministry said that the sample, which is being termed as the new COVID variant XE, was analyzed in detail by the genomic experts of INSACOG, who inferred that the genomic constitution of this variant is not related to the genomic picture of the ‘XE’ variant. Is. ,
The ministry further said that the woman who has reportedly tested positive for the XE variant has been fully vaccinated and is asymptomatic without any concomitant disease. “She had arrived from South Africa on February 10 and had no prior travel history. On arrival, she had tested negative for the virus,” the ministry said.
The ministry said that the person who tested positive for #XEVariant is a fully vaccinated 50-year-old female with no concomitant and asymptomatic.
“She had arrived from South Africa on February 10 and had no prior travel history. On arrival, she had tested negative for the virus,” it said.
The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai had said earlier in the day that one of the 230 samples under COVID genome sequencing had tested positive for the XE variant in Mumbai.
What is the COVID-19 XE variant?
The COVID-19 XE variants BA.1 and BA.2, are a sub-lineage of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The variant reportedly has three other mutations that were not in Omicron or ba.1 or ba.2.
How dangerous is the COVID-19 XE variant?
Currently, the new COVID variant XE currently accounts for a small fraction of cases. The XE recombinant was first detected in the United Kingdom on 19 January. Less than 600 sequences have been reported since then, the WHO confirmed in a report.
According to preliminary studies, the XE strain of COVIF-19 has a 10 percent growth rate advantage over the BA.2 sub-variant, also known as the ‘stealth’ omicron, which is the most infectious known strain of COVID-19. Was. Until now.
A record number of people in the United Kingdom had COVID in the past week. The UK health body noted that “XE shows evidence of community transmission within England, although it currently accounts for less than one per cent of the total number of sequenced cases.”
According to Susan Hopkins, chief medical advisor to Britain’s Health Protection Agency (HSA), there is not enough evidence to draw conclusions about the infectivity, severity and effectiveness of vaccines.
What do health experts say?
Some health experts have said that the Xe strain of COVID-19 is not a cause for concern as it has not prompted a rise in cases like Omicron. However, he has advised people to strictly follow the COVID-19-appropriate behaviour.
What has WHO said?
The World Health Organization has said it will continue to monitor and assess the public health risk related to XE and will share updates as further evidence becomes available. WHO is also monitoring another recombinant variant known as XD, a hybrid of Delta and Omicron, that has been found in France, Denmark and Belgium.
A new XE variant of COVID-19 was found in the initial sequencing. This was confirmed by GISAID and INSACOG (Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium) has decided to go for another round of genomic sequencing at a national laboratory for definitive confirmation of the XE variant.
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