In the United Kingdom, a new Covid variant XE has been discovered

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According to the World Health Organization's most recent report, a novel Covid variant has been discovered in the United Kingdom. The new mutation, known as XE, may be more transmissible than any other strain of COVID-19, according to the health organisation.

XE is a "recombinant" strain resulting from a mutation of the BA'1 and BA.2 Omicron strains. When a patient is infected with numerous Covid variants, recombinant mutations occur. The variations mix up their genetic material during replication, resulting in a new mutation, according to UK specialists in a report published in the British Medical Journal.

According to the World Health Organization, the novel mutation XE looks to be 10% more transmissible than the BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron.

"Early-day estimates indicate a community growth rate advantage of 10 percent as compared to BA.2, however, this finding requires further confirmation," the global health organisation noted.

According to the UK's health authorities, XE was discovered on January 19, and 637 cases of the new form have been documented so far.

Meanwhile, the BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron is quickly spreading over the world. According to the latest Office for National Statistics survey, 4.9 million persons in the UK had Covid-19 in the week ending March 26, which is 600,000 higher than the previous week.

The BA.2 variation has also been linked to an increase in Covid cases in the United States and China. In March, China reported approximately 104,000 domestic Covid infections, with 90% of the current cases discovered in Shanghai or northeastern Jilin province.

News by: NewsPen Added on: 03-Apr-2022

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