The Greeks should complain that their alphabet is being stigmatised. Surely the Chinese virus variants should be labeled with Chinese letters.
The Xi Variant is way nastier. It manufactures cheap counterfeit copies and then invades your territory, builds artificial islands, and claims them as its own.
If what the doctor in SA is saying turns out to be the full story, this is a highly significant variant. If it only causes different and relatively mild symptoms, it could be the Covid killer. Get Omicron, be a bit ill for a few days, acquire Covid immunity as a result, all done. It’s highly infectious, with an R over 2 and the more dangerous variants will be squeezed out.
The major worry about it from what I have read is a large number of significant mutations and so the possibility that this variant has the capability to mutate to more dangerous places.