Covid – Omicron: after the discovery of 600 cases in the United Kingdom, the XE variant “10% more contagious than BA.2” spotted 9,000 km away

The crisis from Covid-19 is it over? While countries are opting in turn for the lifting of restrictiondoubt remains. One because the numbers of contamination are always impressive under the impetus ofOmicron and his subvariants. Two, because the prospect of new, more contagious and more severe variants raises fears of a return to measures.

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So every time a new variant emerges out of nowhere, concern is gaining ground. This is the case of BA.2sub-variant of Omicron, so contagious that it became dominant. This is the case of Deltacron. A recombinant (of Delta and Omicron) which does not seem to give birth to more severe forms of the disease. But which, on the other hand, opens the door to other recombinants whose characteristics are unpredictable.

In Finland, in the United Kingdom…

On Monday, the Medical Sciences Department of Thailand indicated that a new variant has been detected in the country. His name: XE. “X” stands for “cross”, and therefore a recombination of two Omicron variants. “E” being an appellation letter. XE is a recombinant of BA.1 and BA.2. Already spotted in Finland or in Israelthe UK also reported 600 cases discovered since January 19. The British Health Safety Agency (UKHSA) considering that XE is “10% more contagious” than BA.2.

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More than 9,000 km away, in Thailand, the XE variant was detected on February 22 in a 34-year-old man, a delivery man, and therefore in contact with many people during a single day.

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