New hybrid COVID-19 strain discovered in Cyprus

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Scientists from Cyprus have discovered the deltacron strain COVID-19, a hybrid of the delta and omicron variants

New hybrid COVID-19 strain discovered in Cyprus

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A new variant of coronavirus infection was discovered in Cyprus, it is a hybrid of previously identified strains “delta” and “omicron”. Scientists from the Laboratory of Biotechnology and Molecular Virology at the University of Cyprus, who have identified a new type of disease, gave it the name “deltacron”. This was stated by the head of the laboratory Leontios Kostrikis, who previously headed the Scientific Advisory Council for Combating the Pandemic under the Ministry of Health of Cyprus, reports TASS.

According to him, the deltacron strain of COVID-19 has a genetic basis similar to that of the delta variant, but a number of its mutations are similar to those of the omicron strain of the coronavirus. “We found a significant number of mutations that were previously detected only during cases of infection with the omicron strain,” said Kostrikis. He added that the omicron has 30 mutations, and ten of them match those found in samples taken in Cyprus.

The head of the laboratory also stressed that in Cyprus, the deltacron strain was found in 25 samples, of which 11 belong to people hospitalized with coronavirus, the rest – from ordinary residents of the republic.

Previously, scientists said that the ingress of new strains of coronavirus into the animal environment could lead to serious mutations of the virus and new outbreaks of the disease. Experts do not exclude that the mutational potential of the virus has not been exhausted and the pandemic will not end only with the omicron strain.

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