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Recombinant sequences of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant were detected in surveillance samples collected in north-western Finland in January 2022. We detected 191 samples with an identical genome arrangement in weeks 3 to 11, indicating sustained community transmission. The recombinant lineage has a 5’-end of BA.1, a recombination breakpoint between and (nucleotide position 13,296–15,240) and a 3’-end of BA.2 including the gene. We describe the available genomic and epidemiological data about this currently circulating recombinant XJ lineage.


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