While the Omicron variant of Covid-19 takes over the world and causes a spike in infection rates, researchers found that the infections caused by Omicron is milder than Delta variant.
However, this is no longer the case as researchers in Cyprus found a new strain of the coronavirus called the “Deltacron,” which is a combination of both the Delta and Omicron variants.
According to Bloomberg, Leondios Kostrikis, professor of biological sciences at the University of Cyprus claimed his team of researches had identified 25 cases of Deltacron in an interview with Sigma TV on Friday (7 January).
Meanwhile, he said that it is too early to tell the kind of impact the Deltacron will have.
“The discovery was named ‘Deltacron’ because of the identification of genetic markers such as Omicron in the Delta genome,”
“We will see in the future if this strain is more pathological or more contagious or if it will prevail,” he said. But he believes that the omicron, which is highly contagious and spreads quickly, will overtake it.” he said.
On the other hand, a virologist doubts that the 25 cases discovered by Kostrikis and his team are actually caused by a new variant.
According to Dr. Tom Peacock, a virologist at the Imperial Department of Infectious Disease in Britain, he said that it could be a contamination.
“The Cypriot ‘deltacron’ sequences reported by several large media outlets look to be quite clearly contamination — they do not cluster on a phylogenetic tree and have a whole Artic primer sequencing amplicon of omicron in an otherwise delta backbone,” he said.
While the news of Deltacron continue to spread rapidly, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has yet to comment on Leondios’s claims.
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