Omicron XE: More than 1,100 cases of new Covid variant found in UK
The Independent says more than 1,100 cases of a new Covid-19 variant, Omicron XE, have been detected in the UK.
The variant appears very transmissible and is likely to become dominant, an expert has warned.
Public health officials said XE is a “recombinant” variant that combines genetic characteristics of the Omicron BA.1 and BA.2 variants.
A total of 1,179 cases of XE have been confirmed in the UK so far. The World Health Organisation (WHO) said the variant was first detected in the UK late in January.
Dr Alan Stout, chair of the British Medical Association’s GP committee in Northern Ireland, said: “The early signs are that it is going to be very transmissible, so it will probably become the dominant strain again.
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