UK: 1,880 cases of XE Covid recombinant sequenced

The UKHSA have released a new technical briefing outlining the SARS-CoV-2 variants circulating in Britain. The latest case count for the XE recombinant is 1,880 cases in the UK, with 1,569 of those cases in England....More...

South Africa: BA.4 and BA.5 increasing as a proportion of sequenced cases *1 UPDATE*

An increasing share of South Africa’s Covid-19 cases are the BA.4 and BA.5 sub-lineages of the Omicron variant, suggesting those might have a growth advantage over others, Prof Helen Rees said on Thursday....More...

Preprint: SARS-CoV-2 Omicron – multiple inter-variant recombination events

“By analyzing sequences from a large number of Omicron subvariants, we identified diverse recombination events between two Omicron subvariants and several SARS-CoV-2 variants, suggesting that co-infection and subsequent genome recombination play important roles in the on-going evolution of SARS-CoV-2....More...