New Covid Xj variant found in Italy, equivalent to Xe
The Covid Xj variant has been isolated for the first time from a laboratory in Reggio Calabria. New Omicron variant isolated for the first time in Italy
Validated by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (Iss), ‘Xj’, the name of the variant, is equivalent to variant Xe
To date, Xj does not appear to be more aggressive or virulent than the other variants.
Xj and has been identified by a laboratory of the Reggio Calabria provincial health authority.
The Xj variant is said to be a recombination of Omicron sub-variants BA.1 and BA.2.
Until now, it was only known from a few cases recorded in Finland at the end of March.