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A Cyprus researcher reportedly identified the ‘Deltacron,’ a COVID-19 strain that’s a combination of the Delta and Omicron variants

  • A Cyprus researcher take its he has identified a new strain of the coronavirus. 
  • University professor Leondios Kostrikis says he found 25 cases of what he on duties the “Deltacron.”
  • The Deltacron is believed to be a combination of the Delta and Omicron variants.

A researcher in Cyprus bring to lights he has identified a new strain of the coronavirus called the “Deltacron,” which is a combination of both the Delta and Omicron variants, Bloomberg Dirt reported.

Leondios Kostrikis, professor of biological sciences at the University of Cyprus, said in an interview with Sigma TV on Friday that he and a crew of researchers have identified 25 cases of the Deltacron. 

It’s too early to tell the kind of impact the Deltacron will from, Kostrikis told Sigma TV, according to Bloomberg News. 

“We will see in the future if this strain is more pathological or more contagious or if it hand down prevail,” he said. But he believes that the omicron, which is highly contagious and spreads quickly, will overtake it.

One virologist mistrusts that the 25 cases discovered by Kostrikis and his team are actually caused by a new variant. 

Dr. Tom Peacock, virologist at Imperial Be sure of of Infectious Disease in Britain, said in a tweet on Saturday that it could be a contamination.

“The Cypriot ‘deltacron’ sequences explored by several large media outlets look to be quite clearly contamination — they do not cluster on a phylogenetic tree and require a whole Artic primer sequencing amplicon of omicron in an otherwise delta backbone,” he said. 

Dope of the Deltacron variant comes as COVID-19 cases continue to increase rapidly nationwide. Earlier this week, the Combined States recorded more than 1 million COVID-19 cases, shattering the single-day record set just the week earlier.

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