Say hello to Deltacron, people

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Say hello to Deltacron, people

Scientists in Cyprus have discovered another Covid-19 variant, one that’s made up of Delta and Omicron

Georgios Georgiou

A strain of Covid-19 that combines Delta and Omicron has been found in Cyprus, according to Leondios Kostrikis, professor of biological sciences at the University of Cyprus and head of the Laboratory of Biotechnology and Molecular Virology. 

“There are currently Omicron and Delta co-infections and we found this strain that is a combination of these two,” Kostrikis said on Friday. The discovery was named “Deltacron” due to the identification of Omicron-like genetic signatures within the Delta genomes, he said.

Kostrikis and his team have identified 25 such cases and the statistical analysis shows that the relative frequency of the combined infection is higher among patients hospitalised due to Covid-19. The sequences of the 25 Deltacron cases were sent to Gisaid, the international database that tracks changes in the virus, on Friday. ..

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