Covid – Omicron: a new variant spotted, two children under 9 died, “XE was not expected” in New Zealand

Barely got off the plane, a traveler tested positive. The new variant makes a very noticeable entry on the other side of the world.

The health crisis is it really behind us? If the restrictive measures are raised in Europethe virus continues to spread thanks to new variants. Either new versions of the virus which has thus adapted to its environment with a view to spreading even more.

So, as the virus circulates, variants appear. And some are more guarded than others. Like the XE variant. A combination of two strains ofOmicron (BA.1 and BA.2) considered “10% more contagious” as BA.2 by WHO. XE is already widespread: the UK has already declared more than a thousand cases, the Canada he too is already affected, just like the Japan.

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Two children under 9 years old

The New Zealand, she formalized her first case of the XE variant this Saturday, April 23. A case “imported” by a traveler from Europe, who landed in the land of the long white cloud on April 19 before being tested (positive) on the 20th. “XE is spreading to the other side of the world and its arrival in New Zealand was not expected”, the New Zealand Ministry of Health said in a statement. While 55 travelers who tested positive are currently in isolation.

A country which recorded nearly 8,000 cases this Saturday, but also 19 deaths over the last 7 days. A significant figure when you know that New Zealand has only recorded 665 deaths since the start of the pandemic. More worryingly, two children under the age of 9 succumbed to the sickness.

Whole genome sequencing has confirmed the first detection of Omicron’s XE variant in New Zealand.
“At this stage, the public health settings already in place to manage other Omicron variants are assessed to be appropriate for managing XE and no changes are required,” the MoH said

— RNZ (@radionz) April 23, 2022

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