By Laura Sanchez
Investing.com – Despite the fact that the entire world is in the midst of easing restrictions against the coronavirus, investors are not losing sight of the global health situation, especially in those countries that are driving the economy. China continues to try to stem the increase in cases in its Covid-zero policy, meanwhile, investors are watching the last minute of new variables we are learning about. In this case, the “hidden” progress of Xe, Omicron’s new variant, is concerning.
The new Ómicron XE variant in the UK has doubled (1,125 cases as of April 5 compared to 637 on March 25, according to the details). CNBC).
Japan has already reported a case in its own country. This is a woman in her 30s who arrived at Narita International Airport from the United States on March 26.
XE has also been reported in Thailand, India and Israel. It is suspected that these recent Israeli cases may have developed independently. The United States has not yet reported any cases of this new variant.
XE contains a mixture of a previously highly contagious Omicron BA.1 strain, which emerged in late 2021, and the more recent BA.2 variant, which is the variant currently prevalent in the UK.
Early estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO) suggest that XE may be more transmissible than previous strains, having so far shown a slightly higher growth rate than their predecessor.
Data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) shows that XE has a growth rate of 9.8% higher than that of BA.2, while the World Health Organization has so far set this figure at 10%.
As studies continue on this new variable, experts expect stress to decrease even as it spreads more easily.
Asian stocks were mixed on Tuesday. It closed down 1.8%. As for the European markets, almost all of them – including – are still in the red today.
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