First Case of New Variant of Covid-19 Detected


  • The country’s first case of ‘XE’, a new variant of Coronavirus was detected in Mumbai without any severe symptoms so far. And a case of the Kappa variant was also detected in the city.
  • As per the WHO’s data, the new variant may be more transmissible than any strain of Covid-19.
  • Based on the analysis of FASTQ files, the Union Health Ministry has disagreed with the detection of the new variant.
  • The analysis of INSACOG experts ensures that the genomic constitution of this variant does not correlate with a genomic picture of the XE variant.
  • INSACOG is a national consortium to study and monitor genome sequencing and virus variation of circulating strains of COVID-19 in India.


Facts to know:


  • Kappa' and ‘Delta’ variant of the Covid-19 was first identified in India in 2021.
  • INSACOG functions under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
  • Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare: Mr. Mansukh L. Mandaviya.
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