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India's first case of new Covid variant 'Omicron XE' detected in Mumbai

One patient has been found affected by 'XE' variant and another is affected by the 'Kapa' variant of Covid-19, Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation said.

Atul Singh Reported by: Atul Singh New Delhi Updated on: April 06, 2022 18:28 IST
A healthcare worker collects swab sample of a passenger for
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A healthcare worker collects swab sample of a passenger for Covid-19 test, at Dadar railway station, in Mumbai.

Highlights

  • India sees first case of more transmissible Covid variant XE in Mumbai
  • A case of the Kappa variant was also detected, an official said
  • An official said XE mutant appears to be 10 per cent more transmissible than the BA.2 sub-variant

Mumbai has detected the first case of more transmissible new Covid variant Omicron XE. The virus was confirmed after results of 11th test under the Covid virus genetic formula determination - 228 or 99.13% (230 samples) patients detected with Omicron.

One patient has been found affected by 'XE' variant and another is affected by the 'Kapa' variant of Covid-19, Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation said.

A case of the Kappa variant was also detected, the official said, adding the results came in genome sequencing of 376 samples, the 11th batch of testing in genome sequencing lab.

Of the 230 samples from Mumbai, 228 samples are of Omicron variant, while one was found to be Kappa variant and another XE variant. The condition of the patients infected with the new strains of the virus was not serious, the official said.

The official said the XE mutant appears to be 10 per cent more transmissible than the BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron. So far, BA.2 was deemed to be the most contagious of all the COVID-19 variants.

The XE variant is a mutation of the BA.1 and BA.2 Omicron strains, referred to as a "recombinant”. As per the initial studies, the XE variant has a growth rate of 9.8 percent over that of BA.2, also known as the stealth variant because of its ability to evade detection.

The World Health Organization has said the latest mutant may be more transmissible than the previous ones.

(With inputs from PTI)

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