A new strain of coronavirus appears to be a genetic fusion of currently known omicron and delta variants, a researcher claims.
The so-called “deltacron” strain pairs genetic omicron signatures with delta-variant genomes, says Leondios Kostrikis, professor of biological sciences at the University of Cyprus, according to CNBC.
While 25 cases of the uniquely recognizable strain have been found, Kostrikis predicted that it would not last against the globally dominant omicron variant.
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“We will see in the future whether this strain is more pathological or more contagious, or whether it will prevail,” he told Cyprus’ Sigma TV report on Friday.
The Delta variant, which once robbed the alpha-coronavirus strain as the most popular, now accounts for almost 5% of new cases in the United States.
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However, Omicron is responsible for the other 95.4% of new cases, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It only took about a month for the delta to be dethroned by the omicron variant, which continues to rise across the United States
New York and Florida have both recorded their highest one-day total ever for new COVID-19 cases in recent days, and the United States reported 1,082,549 new cases on Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Cyprus tightened its own coronavirus-related restrictions on Wednesday amid rising infections.