COVID-19 ‘XE’ Variant: WHO Warns Against New, More Transmissible Virus Strain.

Just as the COVID-19 had started to subside in some countries, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued a warning against a new mutant ‘XE’ variant of Omicron that may be more transmissible than any strain of coronavirus seen before.  

This new variant is a recombinant strain, meaning it is a mutant hybrid of the two previous versions of the Omicron variant, BA.1 and BA.2, which spread across the world when it first became a variant of concern, reported

According to reports, the new variant is 10 per cent more transmissible than the BA.2 subvariant, which is already the most contagious.

As per the WHO, BA.2, which is a subvariant of the Omicron strain, is the most dominant strain of the virus, being 86 per cent of all sequenced cases attributed to it.

The WHO has recently issued a report outlining their initial findings of this potentially new variant of concern.

While XE only accounts for a small fraction of the cases, its extremely high transmissibility could mean that it becomes the most dominant strain in the near future