After it was reported that the 1st case of the new COVID 19 variant XE is in Mumbai, the official sources clarified that the “present evidence does not suggest that it is ‘XE’ variant of Covid19”.
“The FASTQ format/files in respect of the sample, which is being said to be ‘XE’ variant were analysed in detail by genomic experts of Indian SARS-CoV -2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) who have inferred that the genomic constitution of this variant does not correlate with the genomic picture of ‘XE’ variant,” said the official sources.
The patient is a 50-year-old woman who is fully vaccinated against the virus and has shown no symptoms so far; BMC said on Wednesday, they also added that she suffers from no comorbidities.
According to the BMC, the patient is a costume designer by profession who arrived from South Africa on February 10, 2022. After she arrived in India, she was tested negative for COVID 19 but on March 2, 2022, during routine testing, she was found positive after which she was quarantined at the Taj Lands End in Bandra, Mumbai. However, the following day, her samples returned negative.
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