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Covit New variant, link between Delta and Omigron, discovered in Cyprus … or false alarm?


In Cyprus, a combination of two types, Delta and Omigron, was discovered by scientists on Sunday. Le Picaro, This was quoted by the Bloomberg News Agency. According to these sources, many are affected by the combination of the two types that currently dominate the world. “Currently there are omigran and delta co-infections, and we have found that this strain is a combination of these two events,” said Leondios Gostrikis, a professor of biology at the University of Cyprus.

This new variant, nicknamed “Omicron’s genetic signature and Delta’s genes”, is nicknamed “Deltacron”. According to the Cyprus Mail cited by Bloomberg, 25 cases have already been identified.

Yet according to Professor Leondios Kostrikis, “the frequency of mutations was higher among those in the hospital, which may be thought to be the link between the deltacron and the hospitalization”. “We will see in the future whether this strain is more pathological or more contagious or whether it will prevail,” he added.

Laboratory error?

Should we worry? Probably not. Because this discovery may actually be the result of improper manipulation in his laboratory. According to Tom Peacock, a virologist at Imperial College London, “cybrid ‘deltagron’ footage from many major media outlets clearly looks like a contaminant, not clustered in a phylogenetic tree,” he explained on Twitter. As written Release, It may be samples of patients contaminated by Omicron and samples of patients contaminated by delta, they may have mistakenly ended up in the same analysis, suggesting a combination of the two types.

So new variant or false alarm? Nothing has been confirmed yet and the answer will be available in a few days.

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