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A new Covid variant combining Omicron and Delta is unveiled in Cyprus

A new Covid variant combining Omicron and Delta is unveiled in Cyprus
A researcher in Cyprus has discovered a new variant of the coronavirus that combines those of Delta and Omicron.

According to Bloomberg News, Leondios Kostrikis, a professor of biological sciences at the University of Cyprus, named the species "Deltacron" because of genetic similarities to Omicron within the Delta genomes.

So far, according to the report Kostrikis and his team have found 25 cases of the virus. It is still too early to say if there are more prevalent cases or what effects the virus may have.

"We will see in the future whether this species is more pathological or more contagious or whether it will prevail over the two dominant variants Delta and Omicron," Kostrikis said in an interview with Sigma TV on Friday.

According to Bloomberg, the researchers sent their findings this week to GISAID, an international database that tracks viruses.

The Deltacron variant comes as Omicron continues to spread rapidly across the globe causing an increase in Covid-19 cases.