Amid reports of outbreak of Omicron hybrid strain XE in some parts of the country, a Delhi-based health expert said that not much is known about the new variant. “It seems more permeable than Omicron but not as severe as Delta.” However, he suggested that precautions should be taken to avoid other COVID additions.
Kandhari stressed that the rise of the new types can be attributed to uneven vaccinations around the world, with more than 1/3 of the population yet to receive the first dose, while the US prepares for another booster.
No need to panic: experts on mutant strains
Noted the number of cases, and the hospitalization rate is still low, the doctor said. “Therefore, there is no need to panic but take all necessary precautions,” he concluded.
The World Health Organization recently stated that a new COVID mutant ‘XE’ has been found in the UK and noted that it may be more transmissible than the BA.2 subline of COVID-19. However, some virologists in India have said that although it is not clear if the type is strong enough to cause another Covid wave in the country, they have advised caution and COVID-appropriate behaviour. Another was found from Gujarat. Is. Further reports suggest that the variant may be circulating in Delhi and Haryana.