XE: New COVID Variant Emerged; WHO Warns

A Covid variant of mutation called XE has emerged in the UK, which is believed to be more transmissible than Omicron.

XE is a recombinant of both sub-variants (BA.1 and BA.2) of Omicron, which appears to be 10 per cent more transmissible than the BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron.

The global health body WHO suggests that it could be more transmissible than any other Covid strain so far.

A UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) study recently revealed that currently, as many as 3 hybrid COVID variants are circulating.

On 1st April, WHO issued a report on its findings on XE, saying that the XE recombinant was first detected in the United Kingdom on 19 January.

The UN health agency had previously issued warnings against Omicron, Delta recombinant virus.