Cyprus reportedly discovers a Covid variant that combines omicron and delta

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  • Businesshala News reported on Saturday that a researcher in Cyprus has discovered a strain of coronavirus that combines delta and omicron variants.
  • Leondios Kostriakis, professor of biological sciences at the University of Cyprus, called the strain a “deltacron”.
  • It is too early to tell if there are more cases of tension or what the implications might be.

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A researcher in Cyprus has discovered a strain of coronavirus that combines delta and omicron variants, Businesshala News reported on Saturday,

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Businesshala said Leondios Kostriakis, a professor of biological sciences at the University of Cyprus, called the strain a “deltachron” because of its omicron-like genetic signature within the delta genome.

According to the report, Kostrikis and his team have found 25 cases of the virus so far. It is too early to tell if there are more cases of tension or what the implications might be.

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“We will see in the future whether this strain is more pathological or more infectious or if it will prevail” against the two major strains, Delta and Omicron, Kostrikis said in an interview with Sigma TV on Friday. He believes that Omicron will also overtake DeltaCron, he said.

According to Businesshala, the researchers sent their findings this week to GISAID, an international database that tracks viruses.

The DeltaCron variant comes as Omicron continues to spread rapidly around the world, leading to an increase in COVID-19 cases. The US is reporting a seven-day average of more than 600,000 new cases daily, according to a CNBC analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University on Friday. This is an increase of 72% from last week and a pandemic record.

Read the full Businesshala News story here.

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