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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The new XE variant of Covid-19 is not a matter of concern as it is unlikely to cause so much severity, said a top health expert in Odisha, Niraj Mishra.

“So far no patient has been detected with severe complications due to the infection by XE variant of Covid-19,” said Mishra.

As per World Health Organisation (WHO), XE variant of Covid-19 is 10 per cent more infectious than other sub-variants of Omicron-- BA.1 and BA.2.

“XE variant of Covid-19 may infect some people in the country. But it is less likely to affect the vaccinated and previously Covid-19 infected persons,” said Mishra assuring that the new variant will not bring the fourth wave of the pandemic in the country.

The new XE variant of Covid-19 was first found in Britain on January 19, 2022. The mutated variant has also been found in Thailand and New Zealand.

“The new variant doesn’t have a severe impact on the infected patients. Only common symptoms like fever, sore throat, cough and gastric problem are generally found in case of XE variant infection,” said the top health expert.

(Edited by Ramakant Biswas)

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