First case of latest Omicron variant ‘XE’ detected in Thailand

Six-figure has its first case of a new variant of a new Covid-19 Omicron variant. Yesterday, the Centre for Medical Genomics Ramathibodi Hospital confirmed exams of Thailand’s first case of the brand new recombinant variant, a hybrid of the BA.1 and BA.2 variants.
The World Health Organisation flagged issues in regards to the new variant last Tuesday, warning that XE could presumably be the “most transmissible pressure of the new coronavirus though its severity continues to be being investigated”.
Britain’s Health Security Agency has also announced that it’s monitoring 3 recombinant strains… coded XD, XE and XF. Scientists from Britain’s Health Security Agency reported the XE pressure is a recombinant of BA.1 and BA.2, but famous that it has 3 new mutations that aren’t current of their parent sub-variants. Up to the last week Omicron XE had solely been detected in Britain with 637 confirmed XE sequenced instances.
The new revelations comes amid a surge in Covid infections within the UK, which has again reached document levels, with an estimated 1 in thirteen individuals infected with the virus in the past week.
At this time there are 6 Omicron recombinants of BA.1 and BA.2 – XE, XG, XH, XJ, XK and XL – at present under investigation around the world.
With the collection of data ongoing, the Health Security Agency has reported that XE was 9.8% extra transmissible than earlier Omicron variants and 43% extra transmissible than the original Omicron variant (B.1.1.529).
“So far there may be not enough evidence to draw conclusions about transmissibility, severity or vaccine effectiveness.”

For the XD strain, it was first detected at the finish of 2021 and by March 22, forty nine samples had been present in France, Denmark and Belgium.
The XE recombinant mutation isn’t the Deltacron variant, reported over the earlier few months. Deltacron, a hybrid recombinant of Covid-19 Delta and Omicron strains, is now reported to “not spread shortly or cause severe symptoms”.
Today, Thailand’s Public Health Department have introduced 26,840 new infections from PCR testing, along with ninety seven Covid-related deaths. There are 259,126 lively circumstances currently beneath care, along with 1,838 “serious cases” with 23,412 people now recovered.
Bangkok continues to be Thailand’s Covid hotspot, with infections in Chon Buri, Nakhon Si Thammarat, and Samut Sakhon also leading the provincial totals.

GRAPH: Daily new infections in Thailand – worldometers.datao

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