The coronavirus pandemic will undoubtedly leave endless names and nomenclatures. As new variants appear, as it was with Omicron, already present in more than 100 countries all over the world, one has now emerged that, it seems, combines Ómicron with Delta and what they called: Deltacron. Cypriot authorities have reported the detection of up to 25 cases of infection with a combined version of the Delta and Omicron variants of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that they have named “Deltacron”.
“Currently there are co-infections of Ómicron and Delta. We have found a variant that is a combination of both “, explained the professor of Biology at the University of Cyprus and director of the Laboratory of Biotechnology and Molecular Virology, Leondios Kostrikis.
Kostrikis has explained in statements to the Signa TV chain that the new variant has the genetic signature of the Omicron variant and the genomes of the Delta variant.
So far Kostrikis and his team have identified 25 cases of “Deltacron” and they have highlighted that they are more frequent in patients hospitalized for COVID-19 than in non-hospitalized positives.
On January 7, samples of the 25 patients detected were sent to the GISAID international database of the Pasteur Institute, in charge of publishing the official sequencing of new variants of influenza and coronavirus.
“We will see in the future if this variant is more pathological or contagious or if it will be imposed” on Delta and Ómicron, he has indicated, although in his opinion it is most likely that it will be overshadowed by the omicron variant because it is more contagious.
The appearance of this combined variant comes after the World Health Organization (WHO) warns that Ómicron’s own advancement may increase the risk of new, more dangerous variants appearing.
The variant of the Omicron coronavirus hits several parts of the world hard. U.S It is the country with the most accumulated cases of COVID-19 and where they occur more of 900,000 new infections and 2,000 deaths per day.
According to the most recent data from Johns Hopkins University, on Friday they were registered in the country 900,832 new covid-19 infections and 2,615 deaths, after last Monday the million infected daily were exceeded for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
Specifically, that day they reported 1,082,549 new cases, although the figure may be distorted due to the delay in data delivery due to the weekend and the end of the year party.
Brazil, In turn, it registered the highest number of COVID-19 infections since July. The country added 63,292 in the last 24 hours and exceeded the 22.4 million total cases, amid a growing wave of the pandemic driven by the new Omicron variant.
In Argentina, The Ministry of Health of the Nation reported this Saturday, January 8, that, in the last 24 hours, there were 37 deaths and 101,689 coronavirus infections. One year and ten months after the start of the pandemic and with more than 33 million vaccinated with the complete scheme, Argentina exceeded 100,000 daily cases of COVID-19 for the third consecutive day. Yesterday’s figure was a record: 110,533.
With these data, the total number of infected since the beginning of the pandemic amounts to 6,237,525 and deaths are 117,465.
With information from Europa Press and Telam