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‘Mumbai Covid Infection Not XE Variant’: Govt Sources Deny Media Reports Claiming First Case

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New Delhi: The Well being Ministry on Wednesday has dismissed the stories of the identification of a extra infectious Covid-19 variant, XE, in Mumbai.

“Current proof doesn’t mean that it is ‘XE’ variant. FastQ recordsdata of the pattern, being stated to be ‘XE’ variant was analysed by INSACOG genomic consultants who inferred that genomic structure of this variant would not correlate with genomic image of ‘XE’ variant,” the ministry stated.

The rebuttal got here after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Company (BMC) assured that the XE variation was acknowledged within the metropolis throughout the genome sequencing of checks.

The BMC stated that the affected person is a 50-year-old utterly inoculated feminine who had arrived from South Africa on February 10. She was asymptomatic and had examined unfavorable for Covid-19 on look in India.

Of the entire 230 sufferers whose samples have been despatched for serosurvey, 21 have been later admitted to the hospital. Nevertheless, not one of the sufferers required oxygen assist or intensive care. Based on the report, no critical signs are seen within the sufferers contaminated with the brand new variant.

ALSO READ: India Reports First Case Of Omicron XE Variant From Mumbai, Fully-Jabbed Woman Infected

Based on the current info given by WHO, the ‘XE’ variant of Coronavirus is extra contagious than the BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron. Earlier than the arrival of ‘XE’, BA.2 was believed to be probably the most infectious variant of COVID-19. 

Based on the report, the ‘XE’ variant is made up of two variations of Omicron, BA.1 and BA.2. This new variant was first discovered within the UK on 19 January. Tata Institute for Genetics and Society (TIGS) has urged to not panic about this new variant. It has additionally been stated that consultants are monitoring the event of XE.

Talking completely to ANI on Saturday, Tata Institute for Genetics and Society (TIGS) Director Rakesh Mishra stated, “The brand new mutant XE emerged for the primary time in mid-January, however I consider that there isn’t a have to push a ‘panic button’. Up to now, solely 600 instances have been reported internationally. However we have to preserve a detailed watch on it.” 

He additional stated that there isn’t a indication that it may possibly trigger a wave of COVID-19. “No indication is current in the intervening time highlighting that this new variant is so sturdy that it may possibly trigger a wave. We have to watch for some extra time to make feedback on how transmissible it may be,” he stated.


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