Leondios Kostrikis, a scientist from Cyprus, has identified a new strain. You heard it correctly. Kostrikis, his team from Cyprus, and others are working to stop the spread of Omicron. However, Kostrikis has identified a new strain (rumouredly called Deltacron) of SARS-CoV-2. This is a mixture of the delta variant and the omicron variant.
Kostrikis is a professor at the University of Cyprus and the head of the Laboratory of Biotechnology and Molecular Virology. He said in an interview with Sigma TV, “There are currently omicron and Delta co-infections and I found this strain that’s a combination of both of these,” according to Bloomberg. The report quoted Kostrikis as saying that the new strain was being called “Deltacron” due to its omicron-like genetic signatures in the delta genomes.
The team of scientists from Cyprus has found 25 cases. However, they shared their findings with GISAID (an international virus tracking database) last week, January 7. Kostrikis who found the new strain stated that it was likely to be ‘displaced by’ the Omicron variant. He said, “We will find out in the future whether this strain is more dangerous or more contagious.”
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has yet to officially acknowledge the new SARS-CoV-2 discovered in Cyprus. In the meantime, in France and Israel, two news variants,’ Florona’, and ‘IHU, were discovered.