Covid – Omicron: New variant spotted, two children under nine died, “XE was not expected” in New Zealand

Covid – Omicron: New variant spotted, two children under nine died, “XE was not expected” in New Zealand

As soon as he got off the plane, the traveler tested positive. The new variant makes a very noticeable entry on the other side of the world.

the health crisis Is he really behind us? if restrictive measures they were brought up in Europethe virus Thanks keep spreading new variants. Or new versions of the virus that have thus adapted to their environment with the aim of spreading more than ever before.

So, as the virus spreads, variants emerge. Some are more guarded than others. Like the XE variant. A mixture of two strains ofOmicron (BA 1 And the BA 2) It is considered “10% more infections” As BA.2 from the World Health Organization. XE is already deployed: the United kingdom Already announced more than a thousand casesthe Canada He is also already affected, just like Japan.

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Two children under the age of 9

the New Zealand, formalized its first instance of the XE variant on Saturday, April 23. An “imported” case by a traveler from Europe, who landed in the land of the long white cloud on April 19 before being tested (positive) on the 20th. “XE is spreading to the other side of the world and its arrival in New Zealand was not expected”The New Zealand Ministry of Health said in a statement. While 55 passengers who tested positive for the virus are currently in isolation.

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A country that recorded nearly 8,000 cases on Saturday, but also 19 deaths over the past seven days. An important number when you know that New Zealand has only recorded 665 deaths since the start of the pandemic. Even more disturbing is that two children under the age of nine succumbed to illness.

Whole genome sequencing confirmed the first detection of Omicron’s XE variant in New Zealand.
“At this point, public health settings already in place for managing other Omicron variants are being evaluated to be suitable for XE administration and no changes need to be made,” the health department said.

– RNZ (radionz) April 23, 2022

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