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New COVID-19 variant XE detected in UK: WHO

The XE recombinant may be more transmissible than any strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the WHO warned.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 4 Apr 2022, 6:43 am

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) in its latest report said that a new variant of COVID-19 XE recombinant has been found in the United Kingdom. The new mutant may be more transmissible than any strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the WHO warned.

The new variant XE is said to be a mutant hybrid of the Omicron variant - BA'1 and BA.2 and was first detected in the UK on January 19, 2022.

"Early-day estimates indicate a community growth rate advantage of 10 per cent as compared to BA.2. However, this finding requires further confirmation," the WHO said in its latest update.

So far a total of 637 cases of the XE strain have been confirmed in the UK. 

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“XE continues to belong to the Omicron variant until significant differences in transmission and disease characteristics, including severity, may be reported," the WHO said. 

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First published:3 Apr 2022, 1:01 pm

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