“No XE variant cluster found in India”
India’s SARS-CoV2 Genome Sequencing Consortium (INSACOG) has said that one confirmed case of the XE Covid variant has been detected in India.
However, the location of this variant was not identified in the April 25 bulletin issued a day ago. INSACOG also said there is no reason to panic as no XE variant cluster has been found so far.
“Compared to the previous week, 12 states showed an increase in cases, while 19 states showed a decrease,” the INSACOG bulletin said. INSACOG in the bulletin added that suspected recombinant sequences are undergoing further analysis. “BA.2.10 and BA.2.12 are BA.2 sublines that have been detected and many old BA.2 sequences have been reclassified into these new sublines.
So far, these sublineages are not reported to be associated with increased disease severity,” the bulletin states, adding that to date, there are no reports of XE clusters across the country. India.
INSACOG had also in its bulletin of April 18 mentioned a case of the XE variant in the country.
INSACOG reports genomic surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 across the country through sequencing of samples from Sentinel sites and international passengers arriving in India.
According to the latest bulletin, INSACOG has sequenced a total of 2,43,957 samples The XE variant of coronavirus is a sub-variant of Omicron, which caused the third wave of Covid-19 in India in January 2022. The XE variant of Covid is a cross between two strains of the Omicron variant, namely BA.1, which is the original strain, and BA.2, which is the most infectious strain.
As of April 12, 2022, cases of XE variant of Covid have been detected in Gujarat and Maharashtra in India. Apart from India and the UK, Japan has also reported cases of the XE variant.
According to the World Health Organization, the XE variant was first detected on January 19, 2022 in the UK, and through the end of March, over 600 cases of the variant have been reported and confirmed.