“The person had arrived from London on March 6 and got here involved with two Britishers. On March 11, he skilled a light fever. On March 12, he was examined throughout his keep in Vadodara and the pattern was despatched for genome sequencing to the Gujarat Biotechnology Analysis Centre,” Tope stated.
The well being minister additional stated that the aged man developed a fever on March 13 and returned to Mumbai the next day.
Tope stated three different individuals in Gujarat who got here involved with the contaminated man had been examined however they had been discovered destructive and with out the (XE) sub-variant.
“The person has been in quarantine at his dwelling in Mumbai since March 20. He’s asymptomatic. He had taken two doses (of the anti-COVID-19 vaccine). He’s affected by hypertension. There isn’t a fear in regards to the new variant, it isn’t deadly,” he added.
Based on Gujarat authorities officers, the person was discovered contaminated with the XE variant as per a report given by a Gandhinagar-based laboratory, which was cross-checked and confirmed by a facility in Kolkata on Friday.
Responding to a question for the booster dose for adults within the age group of 15 to 59 years, Tope stated the booster dose shouldn’t be wanted for this age class.
“However those that need to take the booster dose can take it from non-public hospitals. The federal government has no duty concerning the administration of the booster dose to individuals within the 15 to 59 age group,” he added.
The World Well being Organisation (WHO) has stated that XE may very well be extra transmissible than any COVID-19 pressure to date. XE is a mixture or a recombinant of each sub-variants (BA.1 and BA.2) of Omicron.