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Updated 11 January 2022

Even as cases of Omicron variant of COVID-19 are on the rise across the globe, researchers have discovered a possible COVID-19 strain that appears to combine both the delta and omicron variants, dubbed “Deltacron” in Cyprus.

Read further to know what we have discovered about Deltacron so far.

What is Deltacron?

The new strain has been named “Deltacron” due to the identification of Omicron-like genetic signatures within the Delta genomes. This strain was founded by Leonidos Kostrikis, a professor of biological sciences at the University of Cyprus and his team.

According to media reports, Leondios and his team have identified 25 cases of ‘Deltacron’ in Cyprus so far. The findings were sent to Munich-headquartered GISAID, a body established in 2008 to provide open access to genomic data of influenza viruses, on January 7. The report further adds that it is too early to determine whether there were more cases of the apparent new strain or what impact it could have.

As of now, no international health authority has recognized or designated the Deltacron variant. While a detailed study is yet to be done on how the new Deltacron variant will impact the world, Leondios has said the “new strain is likely to be displaced by the highly contagious Omicron variant”.


What are the symptoms of the Deltacron Variant?

Symptoms of the Deltacron variant, which is a hybrid of the Omicron and Delta variants, might be the symptoms experienced in the Omicron variant, such as runny nose, cough, and fatigue. Although there is no clear explanation about the symptoms yet, we recommend that you get tested when you experience symptoms such as sore throat, cough, weakness, runny nose, loss of taste and smell.


Doubts about Deltacron

Global health experts are casting doubts over reports of a new possible COVID-19 mutation that appeared to be a combination of both the delta and omicron variants, dubbed as “Deltacron,” saying it’s more likely that the “strain” is the result of a lab processing error.

The virologist Tom Peacock, with Imperial College London, tweeted that the sequences “look to be quite clearly contamination”.

Another expert named Krutika Kupalli, a member of the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 technical team stated that the strain is a “contamination of Omicron fragments in a Delta specimen”.

Another high-profile scientist, Dr. Boghuma Kabisen Titanji, an infectious diseases expert at Emory University in Atlanta, advised a cautionary approach to this new COVID-19 strain through her tweets.

In other words, the experts still doing their best to discover about this new strain of COVID-19 to deem whether it is dangerous or not. In the meantime, we have to be cautious at all times and always practice the safety and health protocol whenever and wherever we are to prevent the further spread of the virus.

If you have questions about coronavirus, it’s best to ask your doctor, healthcare provider, or public health department.