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Should we be concerned about the new Deltacron variant?

Should we be concerned about the new Deltacron variant?

Scientists in Cyprus have identified a new ‘Deltakron’ covid strain that combines delta and omicron variants in 25 patients.

Leonidos Kostriakis, professor of biological sciences at the University of Cyprus, said the strain has a genetic structure similar to that of Omicron, with the genome of Delta.

Of those identified, 11 were already hospitalized patients with Covid and 14 were among the general public.

Kostrikis said: ‘We will see in the future whether this strain is more pathological or more contagious or if it will prevail.’

But infectious diseases epidemiologist, Professor Salim Abdool Karim said that South Africans should not be too concerned.

“I think the key issue that we need to establish before we can be entirely confident whether this particular virus is neutralised by our vaccine antibodies and by antibodies that people with natural Omicron and Delta infections, can they kill this virus because if they do, then it’s pretty easy to prevent this virus from spreading because natural past infection and vaccines would prevent it from spreading.”

In the last reporting cycle, the Health Department has confirmed more than 2,400 new COVID-19 cases here on home soil, while 77 more people have died.

More than 28 million people have so far received at least one jab of a coronavirus vaccine.


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