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Covid variant XE

Covid variant XE

  • Context: As per the WHO (World Health Organisation), a Covid variant of mutation called XE has been recently found in the UK.
  • This variant is believed to be more transmissible than any other Covid strain so far.
  • XE is combination or recombinant of both sub-variants (BA.1 and BA.2) of Omicron.
  • Recombinant strains emerge when two variants infect the same host cell and swap parts of their genome.
  • According to WHO, the recombinant variant is believed to be 10% more transmissible than the BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron.
  • The XE recombinant was first detected in the United Kingdom and more than 600 sequences have been reported and confirmed so far.

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