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Suspense has arisen regarding the new variant of Corona in India. In fact, earlier on Wednesday, news came from Maharashtra that the first case of Omicron-XE variant has been registered in Mumbai. This is the fastest spreading strain of Kovid-19 so far. By evening, this news had spread all over the country and many apprehensions had arisen regarding Corona. Late in the evening, the central government said that no evidence of the XE variant has been found so far. The contradiction between the statements of the Maharashtra government and the Center on the new strain of Corona has created confusion among the people.

What did BMC say?

A Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said that a 50-year-old woman from South Africa was confirmed to be infected with Omicron’s sub-variant XE in February. The woman had come to India from South Africa on February 10. On 27 February, he tested positive for the Covid test. The samples were sent to Kasturba Hospital Central Laboratory for genome sequencing and a new XE variant was found there. In March, it was confirmed that they had detected an infection from the XE version. The woman has no symptoms and has recovered. Female costume designer. A case of Kappa strain corona virus has also been confirmed during the CERO survey, the official said. This result was found in the sequencing of 376 samples of the 11th batch in the Genome Sequencing Laboratory. Earlier cases of Kappa variants were also reported in Mumbai. Of the 230 samples sent from Mumbai, 228 were of omicron, one of Kappa and one of Xe. It was a matter of relief that the condition of the infected patient was not critical. After some time the central government denied the allegations.

Know also about the center

Government sources said the government group INSACOG, a government group designed for genome sequencing, was analyzing a case in which BMC officials said a woman was infected with the XE variant. So far no evidence of this has been found in scientific studies. An official source said, “Experts from the Indian SARS Cove-2 Genomic Consortium (INSACOG) have analyzed the ‘FastQ file’ of the sample and have inferred that it does not correspond to the genomic structure of the XE variant transmitted to Mumbai women. “

Thus the Maharashtra and the central government have come face to face on the question of a new version. The Maharashtra government said that GISAID (Global Genomic Data) has confirmed XE while INSACOG has decided to conduct another round of genome sequencing. The test will be conducted by NIBMG (National Institute of Biomedical Genomics) West Bengal.

How dangerous is XE?

The news of the XE variant’s knockout sparked outrage among Corolla’s Delta and Omicron variants. He has his reason. It is being told that this is the fastest spreading corona variant at this time. This means that the XE variant can spread rapidly from one person to many people, as seen in Omicron. The XE variant is derived from Omicron’s BA.1 and BA.2 strains. The first case of the XE variant was reported in the UK and after that the infection spread rapidly.

The Omicron variant is responsible for 90 percent of the infections detected this year. It has two main sub-types namely BA.1 and BA.2. There is also a third sub-version but it is much less comprehensive. BA.1 spread very quickly in the early stages. However, BA.2 was the dominant force during the third wave in India.

what happens next?

BMC’s acting health officer Dr. Mangala Gomare said, “At the INSACOG meeting on Wednesday, we were asked to send the sequencing data to NIBMG for further analysis.” A senior health ministry official said the ‘XE tag’ was given in a hurry. “Initially we also thought it was XE but a further analysis of the FastQ files by a genomic expert from Insacag found that it did not match the genomic picture of the XE variant.”

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