new Delhi: Government sources on Wednesday said there is no evidence yet to suggest the presence of a new Omicron subvariant ‘Xe’ in India. According to news agency ANI, the sources also categorically denied the media reports which claimed that the first case of the edition was detected in Mumbai.

Government sources said that the FastQ files of the sample, which is being called the ‘XE’ variant, were analyzed by INSACOG (Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium), from which it was estimated that the genomic constitution of this variant Not related to genomic. ‘XE’ photo.





“The current evidence does not suggest that it is the ‘XE’ variant of COVID-19,” a source was quoted as saying by ANI. The Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation had said earlier in the day that based on routine testing of samples, “one patient is affected by the ‘kappa’ variant and the other with the ‘XE’ variant”.


The World Health Organization (WHO) recently stated that a new Covid-19 mutant ‘Xe’ has been found in the UK and noted that it may be more contagious than ba.2.

However, virologists in India have said that it is not clear if the variant is strong enough to cause another Covid wave in the country, even as they advised caution and follow COVID-appropriate behaviour. .

XE is a recombinant of the Omicron BA.1 and BA.2 sublines of COVID-19. The WHO had said, “The XE recombinant (BA.1-BA.2) was first detected in the United Kingdom on 19 January and since then 600 sequences have been reported and confirmed.”