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New COVID-19 variant XE: Should you worry? Here's what TIGS chief says

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ANI, Tata Institute for Genetics and Society (TIGS) Director Rakesh Mishra said, “The new mutant XE emerged for the first time in mid-January, but I believe there is no need to push a 'panic button'." The WHO data shows only 600 Covid cases have been linked to it so far but it has also called for a closer watch of the new variant.

Though the WHO has said XE variant could be more transmissible than all previous Covid variants, there's not enough data to confirm this and to show that it can actually cause a Covid wave." Also read: More transmissible than Omicron: All you must know about new Covid variant XE According to the World Health Organisation (WHO)'s latest report, the new mutant called XE may be more transmissible than any strain of COVID-19 reported so far.

However, there's no such indication at the moment, which highlights that this new variant is so strong that it can cause a wave. "We need to wait for some more time to make comments on how transmissible it can be," he said.

He said people should not shun Covid safety measures yet as pandemic seems far from over. "It is unfortunate that a certain section of the society seems to be eager to declare that the pandemic is over.

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