Deltacron: New Covid strain combining Delta and Omicron discovered by scientists

By Bill McLoughlin

A new coronavirus strain, which combines the Delta and Omicron variants, has been confirmed.

Named the 'Deltacron' variant, health experts discovered the new strain in Cyprus, with the finding how sent to the international database that tracks viruses which tracks viruses.

Leondios Kostrikis, professor of biological sciences at the University of Cyprus has discovered 25 cases of the new strain, reports the Express.

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As of yet, it is unclear how virulent or potent the new strain is, Bloomberg reports.

Professor Kostrikis said: "We will see in the future if this strain is more pathological or more contagious or if it will prevail."

Of the 25 samples, 11 were taken from those who have been admitted to hospital.

A further 14 were taken from the general population.

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While 25 cases have been discovered, experts have warned it is still too early to assess the potential new strain.

In the UK, Omicron cases have surged and already make up 365,376 of the country's total since its discovery last month, UK Government figures show.

A further 274,470 cases were reported in the Government's latest data release on January 7 - the previous report was December 23.

Some experts have claimed the rapid spread of the new strain may begin to slow as some areas, such as London, may have already hit the peak of infections.


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