Nothing to panic, says NTAGI chief after India confirms cases of XE variant of Covid

The NTAGI chief said there was 'nothing to panic about' after India reported confirmed cases of XE variant of Covid. He added that Omicron variants of the X series are not causing serious diseases.

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Nothing to panic, says NTAGI chief after confirmed cases of XE variant of Covid. (Photo: PTI/Representational)

The Centre on Monday said that there was no need to panic about the new XE variant of coronovirus after cases were reported from Maharashtra and Gujarat.

The National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) chief, NK Arora, said Omicron variants of the X series are not causing serious diseases and do not show a very rapid spread as per Indian data.

"Omicron is giving rise to many new variants. It's part of the X series like XE & others. These variants will keep on occurring. Nothing to panic about... At the moment from Indian data it doesn’t show a very rapid spread," he was quoted as saying by ANI.

Earlier, a case of XE, a sub-variant of Omicron, was detected in Maharashtra's Mumbai. The BMC on Saturday confirmed that a 67-year-old fully vaccinated man was found positive for the variant.

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While in Gujarat, a patient was found infected with the XE variant of coronavirus, according to top sources in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The patient had tested positive for Covid-19 on March 13 and recovered in a week.

Meanwhile, one case each of the XM variant has also been found in Gujarat and Maharashtra's Mumbai.

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