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Scientists in Cyprus have discovered a new COVID-19 variant that combines the Delta and Omicron chromosomes

Because of the finding of omicron-like genetic markers inside the delta genomes, the discovery was given the moniker “deltacron.” 

In Cyprus, scientists found a novel coronavirus variation known as ‘Deltacron,’ which has the same genetic structure as the delta and omicron coronavirus strains. According to a media source, scientists believe the new strain is not a cause for concern at this time. According to a Bloomberg report, Leondios Kostrikis, professor of biological sciences at the University of Cyprus and head of the Laboratory of Biotechnology and Molecular Virology, said, “There are currently omicron and delta co-infections, and we found this strain that is a combination of these two.” 

According to Kostrikis, the finding was given the moniker “deltacron” because of the detection of omicron-like genetic markers inside the delta genomes. 

In all, 10 Omicron mutations were discovered in the 25 samples collected in Cyprus. According to Jerusalem Post, citing Cyprus Mail, 11 of the samples came from persons who were hospitalised due to the illness, while 14 came from the general public. 

The relative incidence of the combined infection is greater among patients hospitalized owing to Covid-19 than among non-hospitalized patients, according to statistical analysis of the samples. On January 7, the sequences of the 25 deltacron instances were transmitted to GISAID, a worldwide database that records viral alterations, according to Bloomberg. 

“We’ll see whether this strain is more pathological or communicable in the future, or if it will triumph” over delta and omicron, according to Dr. Kostrikis. However, in his opinion, the more infectious omicron variation will also supplant this strain. 

Meanwhile, Cyprus’ Health Minister, Michalis Hadjipandelas, said on Saturday that the new variation is not a cause for concern at this time. The minister was also pleased to learn about the new variation.

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