India’s first XE Covid-19 variant case reported in Mumbai

Mumbai, 5/4:The first case of XE, a more transmissible Covid-19 variant, was detected in Mumbai on Wednesday, a civic health official said.



A case of the Kappa variant was also detected during a sero survey, the official said, adding the results came in genome sequencing of 376 samples, the 11th batch of testing in the local genome sequencing lab.


As per the survey, the Omicron variant was found in 228 out of 230 samples (99.13 per cent cases) from Mumbai, he said. The genome sequencing of 376 samples was conducted at the municipal Kasturba Hospital’s Genome Sequencing Lab


. The condition of the patients infected with the new strains of the virus was not serious, the official said. Mumbai on Tuesday reported 56 Covid-19 cases, which is a three-fold rise from the addition to the tally a day earlier, taking the infection count here to 10,58,185, a civic official said.

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