New XE variant: it is spreading in France and around the world

New XE variant: it is spreading in France and around the world
The XE subvariant has been identified in France; He’s more contagious than Omicron. © Adobe stock

When will we be done with the health crisis? As summer looms, new variants continue to emerge. The new XE variant is spreading everywhere including France. What do we know about this new variant?

Omicron is already behind us

It is the sub-lineage of Omicron, the BA.2 which is the majority in France with more than 96% contamination. Another closely watched sub-lineage, the BA.4 also called XE variant. Asked by The Midi DispatchSanté Publique France affirms a case of contamination at BA.4 has been detected in France.

Variant XE 10% more contagious than BA.2

It’s the escalation of contagiousness, each new variant being more contagious than the previous one. The new XE variant is no exception. It is 10% more contagious than the BA.2 variant, itself more contagious than Omicron.

Variant XE from Japan to UK

The XE variant continues its progression in the world. The UK has already declared more than a thousand cases. Canada, South Africa and Japan are also affected. More recently, it was New Zealand that identified cases of the XE variant.

Two children under 9 died

The NNew Zealand has formalized the first case of the XE variant this Saturday, April 23. A case “imported” by a traveler from Europe. The country has declared 19 deaths over the past 7 days. A significant figure put into perspective of “only” 665 deaths since the start of the pandemic. Two New Zealand children under the age of 9 succumbed to the new XE variant.

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