Covid’s New Variant: XE Is More Lethal Than Omicron; WHO Issues Alert As XE Found In UK
As per the latest report by the World Health Organization, a new covid variant has been found. Speaking about its transmissibility, the health body said that this new variant might be more transmissible than any strain of COVID-19.
XE is a “recombinant” which is a mutation of BA’1 and BA.2 Omicron strains. Such type of recombinant mutations emerge when a patient is infected with multiple variants of Covid. In a paper published in British Medical Journal, UK experts said that these variants mix up their genetic material during replication and hence form a new mutation.
New Variant 10% More Transmissible: WHO
As per the World Health Organisation, the new mutation XE appears to be 10 per cent more transmissible than the BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron.
The global health body added that the “Early-day estimates indicate a community growth rate advantage of 10 percent as compared to BA.2, however, this finding requires further confirmation”.
According to the health agency of Britain, XE was first detected on January 19 and 637 cases of the new variant have been reported yet.
Surge in Covid Cases across UK, US, China
Meanwhile, the latest survey by the Office for National Statistics said that the with 4.9 million people in the UK are estimated to have had Covid-19 in the week ending March 26, or 600,000 more than the previous week, the BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron is spreading rapidly across the globe.
Due to the BA.2 variant, US and China also reported a surge in Covid cases. Nearly 104,000 domestic Covid infections were reported by China in the month of March. Out of these, 90% of the recent cases found in Shanghai or northeastern Jilin province.