Insacog finds presence of Omicron XE variant in India, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Insacog finds presence of Omicron XE variant in IndiaThe Indian SARS-CoV-2 Consortium on Genomics (INSACOG) responsible for genome sequencing in the country has found the presence of XE variant in India.

The XE variant is a recombination of Omicron variants BA.1 and BA.2. It has so far been identified in the United Kingdom, China and Thailand.

On April 25 INSACOG said Omicron (BA.2) continues to be the dominant variant in India till date.

“One case in Gujarat of XE variant has been isolated,” people in the know told ET.

“As compared to previous week, 12 states have shown an increase in cases, while nineteen states have shown a decline. Suspected recombinant sequences are under further analysis. BA.2.10 and BA.2.12 are BA.2 sub-lineages that have been detected and many old BA.2 sequences have been reclassified into these new sub-lineages. So far, these sub-lineages are not reported to be associated with increase severity of disease,” it said.

The INSACOG conducts genomic surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 across the country through sequencing of samples from Sentinel sites and International passengers arriving in India. So far, it has processed 209,194 samples.

On 11 April, the INSACOG said that based on genome sequencing analysis, very few recombinant variants have been discovered in India.

The INSACOG bulletin also mentioned that so far, none showed either increased transmission (locally or otherwise) or associated with severe disease or hospitalisation. Incidences of suspected recombinants and the possible public health relevance are being closely monitored, confirmed INSACOG.

Parts of India have been witnessing a sudden surge in Covid-19 cases. National Capital Delhi has been reporting over one thousand cases every day.
Recording a steady rise in Covid-19 cases, India on Monday reported 3,157 fresh Covid-19 cases, as per updated Union Health Ministry data. The country’s active caseload stood at 19,500 on Monday, the updated health ministry data said. The daily positivity rate was recorded as 1.07 percent and the weekly positivity rate as 0.70 per cent.

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