The first case of Corona’s Omicron sub-variant XE has been confirmed in India. In fact, two previous unconfirmed cases of XE variants were reported from Maharashtra and Gujarat. This is the first time that an XE variant has been confirmed by the Indian SARS-CoV2 Genome Sequencing Consortium (INSACOG). INSACOG is a network of National Testing Laboratories established by the Government of India.
Experts say there is no evidence yet that Covid infection caused by the XE subvariate is different from other variants. The new sub-variable was found to be only 10 percent more transmissible than the BA.2 variant currently prevalent in Omicron. Let’s report that the BA.2 variant of Omicron was responsible for launching the third Kovid wave in India in January.
A government official told The Indian Express, “So far less than a handful of recombinant variants have been detected in the country. They are all from geographically different regions. No cluster formation has been observed.”
The news reported that there is no official confirmation of where the XE sample was taken from. But the official said that of the two unconfirmed cases reported earlier from the two states, the sample from Maharashtra was not of the subtype.
XE’s confirmation in INSACOG’s weekly bulletin comes at a time when 12 states have seen a spike in COVID cases, making masks mandatory again. Meanwhile, according to government data as of April 25, there has been a decline in cases in 19 other states.
Earlier, the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Society (INSACOG) said on the basis of genome sequence analysis that very few recombinant (recombinant) forms of the coronavirus were found in the country and none of them had local or other levels. It showed an increase in infection and did not pose a risk of serious infection or hospitalization.