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From Mumbai, India’s First Case Of Coronavirus Variant XE

Patients infected with the novel virus strains have not yet developed serious symptoms.

The first case of coronavirus variant XE in India was reported today in Mumbai, according to a press release from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Additionally, one example of the Kappa variation has been identified. Patients infected with the novel virus strains have not yet developed serious symptoms.
According to the World Health Organization, the novel mutation may be more transmissible than any other strain of COVID-19.

The patient in Mumbai is a 50-year-old costume designer who recently returned from South Africa. On March 2, she tested positive for Covid, the BMC stated in a release.

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From Mumbai, India's First Case Of Coronavirus Variant XE
From Mumbai, India’s First Case Of Coronavirus Variant XE

At the start of the new year, the new strain was discovered in the United Kingdom. According to the British health service, XE was discovered on January 19 and 637 cases of the new form have been registered in the country thus far.

XE is a recombinant strain derived from the BA’1 and BA.2 Omicron strains. When a patient is infected with numerous Covid variants, recombinant mutations occur. The variants’ genetic material is mixed up during replication, resulting in the formation of a new mutation, according to UK experts in a paper published in the British Medical Journal.

“Early estimates show a 10% community growth rate advantage over BA.2, but this data requires validation,” the global health organisation noted.

228 of the 230 Mumbai patients whose samples were sent for genome sequencing tested positive for Omicron, one tested positive for Kappa, and one tested positive for XE. 21 of the 230 patients required hospitalisation, while none required oxygen or acute care. Twelve of those admitted to the hospital were unvaccinated, while nine had received both doses.

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