Health Ministry: Omicron XE not here yet

43
dr. Siti Nadia Tarmizi (Doc. Satgas Covid 19)
Health Ministry’s director general of public health Siti Nadia Tarmizi. (Doc. Satgas Covid 19)

Jakarta, IO – The World Health Organization (WHO) reported a possible new mutation of Covid-19 Omicron variant named Omicron XE, which is 10 percent more transmissible.

First discovered in the UK in mid-January 2022, Omicron XE is a recombinant of BA.1 and BA.2. WHO said that it would continue to monitor the variant closely to learn about its characteristics and assess the public health risks associated with it so health alert can be issued as soon as further evidence becomes available.

Read: New Research Shines A Spotlight on Next Chapter of Indonesia’s Socio-Economic Expansion and Bid to Achieve Inclusive Growth

In response to this news, Health Ministry spokesperson Siti Nadia Tarmizi confirmed that Omicron XE has yet been found in Indonesia. The government continues to monitor international gateways to prevent the variant from entering the country.