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All you must know about new Covid variant XE

WHO has warned that early-day estimates show XE has a community growth rate advantage of 10% vs BA.2
A Covid variant of mutation called XE has been found in the UK
XE is combination or recombinant of both sub-variants (BA.1 and BA.2) of Omicron
The recombinant variant appears to be, as per the WHO, 10 per cent more transmissible than Omicron
As per eminent virologist Tom Peacock, recombinants from a single virus are fairly likely to act similarly to their parental virus
Should you worry?
  • Wear mask
  • Avoid¬†unnecessary clustering in crowded places
Omicron has been reported to be the dominant strain worldwide with 99.7 per cent, according to the WHO