Xe Or Not? State Reports First Case, Centre Disagrees | Mumbai News

MUMBAI: The state and Centre appeared to be at loggerheads on Wednesday over the announcement of the first domestic case of Omicron-XE variant, the most transmissible Covid-19 strain to date.
While BMC claimed in Mumbai it had found the XE strain—10% more transmissible than Omicron’s BA.2 variant—in the sample of a South African costume designer who tested positive in Mumbai over a month ago, central agencies said the diagnosis was wrong.
At the end of the day, the state said GISAID (global genomic data) had confirmed XE, while INSACOG (Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium) has decided to go for another round of genomic sequencing at the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG), West Bengal, for confirmation. A note given by the state said “Mumbai has a probable XE case”.

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