A patient infected with Omicron’s sub-variant XE has been found in Gujarat. This has been confirmed in the media report quoting top sources of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. It is being told that this patient was found positive on March 13 and got cured in a week.
Genome sequencing revealed that the patient was infected with the XE variant of the corona. Sources have said that the patient’s sample will be re-examined to confirm the infection of the XE variant. It is known that the first K of XE in India has been found in Mumbai. This variant has been confirmed in a woman who returned from South Africa to Mumbai. On 27 February, the woman was found corona infected.
What is XE variant?
The XE is a combination of Omicron‘s sub variants (BA.1 and BA.2). Preliminary studies have shown that the XE variant has a growth rate of 9.8 per cent as compared to the BA.2. The BA.2 is also called the stealth variant. Here, the World Health Organization says that it may be spreading faster than the previous variants.
How dangerous is Omicron?
According to studies, this variant spreads 10 times faster than the BA.2 sub-variant. Due to the rapid spread, this mutant can cause more problems in the future. Also, due to this new variant, there is a risk of a new wave of COVID-19 coming.
What are the characteristics of the XE variant?
According to the WHO, at present, the XE variant is being monitored as part of the Omicron variant. Symptoms similar to Omicron are seen in the patient suffering from it. These include many symptoms including fever, sore throat, cold and cough.