Thu 14 Apr 2022 22.26 EDT
Last modified on Fri 15 Apr 2022 01.41 EDT

Caitlin Cassidy

Health authorities are urging caution after the emergence of a hybrid Omicron variant of Covid-19 in Australia.

The recombinant variant, known as XE, is a combination of BA.2 – “stealth Omicron” – and BA.1 – the original and highly transmissible Omicron variant of the virus.

The first confirmed caseof XE in Australia was detected in an overseas traveller who tested positive to the subvariant on 9 April after touching down in New South Wales. ...

The combination of BA.2 and BA.1 is thought to be highly contagious and comes as mandatory negative Covid tests for travellers to Australia is scrapped