Is Omicron XE a cause for concern?
One of the key differences between the earlier Covid variants and XE, is that this latest strain seems to continue to be infectious for much longer.
In fact, data by Cignpost Diagnostics has shown that people are testing positive for 10 days or more currently, rather than six or seven days at the beginning of the Omicron wave.
Further data released by the UK Health Security Agency (UHSA) on Friday, April 8 found that the XE variant is spreading almost 21 percent faster than BA.2, though Mr Kinane said this is to be expected given the transmissibility of this Omicron hybrid.
He added: “It is important for the authorities to be able to track and respond appropriately to any rise in cases of COVID-19 in the UK.
“Thus authorities must remain vigilant, as do the public, and retain sensible public health measures in crowded spaces.”