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Cyprus researchers have discovered a strain of coronavirus that combines delta and omicron variants. Bloomberg News reported on Saturday..
Leondios Kostrikis, a professor of biological sciences at the University of Cyprus, called the strain “Deltacron” because of its genetic characteristics, such as Omicron within the Delta genome, Bloomberg said.
So far, Kostrikis and his team have found 25 cases of the virus, according to the report. It’s too early to determine if there are more cases of strain, or what impact it can have.
“We will see in the future whether this strain is more pathological or contagious, or if it will prevail,” Kostrikis said in an interview with Sigma TV on Friday. He added that he believes Omicron will also overtake Deltacron.
According to Bloomberg, researchers sent their findings this week to GISAID, an international database for tracking viruses.
Deltacron variants emerge as Omicron continues to spread rapidly around the world and the number of Covid-19 cases surges. According to Friday’s CNBC analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University, the United States reports a seven-day average of more than 600,000 new cases daily. This is a 72% increase from the previous week, a pandemic record.
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