“Deltacron”, a variant combining Delta and Omicron, detected in Cyprus

He would have “the genetic signature of Omicron and the genomes of Delta”, explained a Cypriot scientist. Samples were sent to the Institut Pasteur.

The worst combination? In Cyprus, the country with the highest incidence rate in Europe, cases of combinations between Delta and Omicron have been detected by scientists. “There are currently Omicron and Delta co-infections and we have found this strain which is a combination of these two», Explained Leondios Kostrikis, professor of Biology at the University of Cyprus, Bloomberg news agency reports.

He would have “the genetic signature of Omicron and the genomes of DeltaWhich is why he was nicknamed Deltacron. 25 cases have been identified, explains the Cyprus Mail , including 11 from people hospitalized following contamination with the coronavirus. On January 7, samples were sent to the GISAID structure at the Institut Pasteur, which shares official data on the coronavirus.

According to Cyprus Times , the doctor would have added that “the frequency of mutations was higher among those in hospital, which may suggest that there is a correlation between Deltracron and hospitalizations». «We will see in the future if this strain is more pathological or more contagious or if it will prevail.“, he added.

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