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New variant of ‘Deltacron’ Covid from Cyprus is considered a ‘bogus’ threat by experts

A NEW coronavirus variant called ‘Deltracron’ is not a ‘real thing’, an expert has claimed.

Scientists in Cyprus said new tension is a combination of both Delta and the lighter variant, Omicron – which currently dominates in the UK.

Experts have said that a new variant, which some have claimed is a combination of Delta and Omicron, is'not a real thing'

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Experts have said that a new variant, which some have claimed is a combination of Delta and Omicron, is ‘not a real thing’Credit: Getty

But experts have now warned that it’s not real and that the discovery is likely due to a problem at the lab.

The new discovery was made by a research team led by Leondios Kostrikis, a professor of biological sciences at the University of Cyprus.

The team identified 25 such cases, and the data showed a higher relative frequency of combined infections in patients hospitalized with Covid.

Kostrikis explains that the variant is called Deltacron because of the identification of omicron-like genetic markers in the delta genome.

“There is currently omicron and delta co-infection and we found this strain is a combination of the two,” Kostrikis said in an interview with Sigma TV on Friday.

An extremely positive series of studies shows that Omicron IS is milder than other strains, with the first official UK report showing a 50 to 70 per cent lower risk of hospitalization compared to Delta.

Health officials have repeatedly said the Covid booster shots protect against Omicron and offer the best chance of weathering the pandemic.

The Sun’s Jabs Army campaign is helping to get vital additional vaccines in British arms to avoid the need for any new restrictions.

However, experts at the World Health Organization (WHO) said the discovery in Cyprus was in fact caused by laboratory contamination.

Dr. Krutika Kuppalli “The Deltacron is not real and is likely due to sequencing artifacts (in the lab contaminated with Omicron sequence fragments in the Delta specimen).

“Don’t merge the names of infectious diseases and leave it to celebrity couples.”

She also stressed that there is no such thing as flurona, which doctors say is a condition where people have tested positive for Covid and also have the flu.

Dr Kuppalli says we shouldn’t act like the coronavirus is no longer an issue and says it still needs to be taken seriously.

She said: “Ignoring it won’t make it go away – we have the tools to tackle it, so use them! Get vaccinated, wear a mask, get tested, stay home if sick, improve ventilation.”

“We will see in the future whether this strain of bacteria is more pathological or more contagious or if it will have advantages”.

But Kostrikis’ personal view is that this strain will also be superseded by the highly contagious omicron variant.

The Cypriot researchers submitted their findings to GISAID, an international database that tracks viruses.

The discovery of the new variant comes as omicrons continue to spread rapidly around the globe, causing a surge in Covid cases.

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Back in December, a top vaccine boss warned that there was a very real risk of a “double infection” from both Omicron and Delta.

“For the foreseeable future, these two viruses will co-exist,” said Dr Paul Burton, Moderna’s medical director.

He made the warning when speaking to the House Science and Technology Committee.

“Omicron will infect people with a very strong background in Delta.

“I think Omicron poses a real threat – doubling time at three days is much faster than we’ve seen.

“People can harbor both viruses and it can happen here. It certainly can [much worse].

“It gives the two viruses an opportunity to share genes and swap genes.”

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It’s not clear if this will make the infection worse, but it can certainly cause a potential opportunity for each variant to develop further, Dr. Burton cautions.

While it is rare, this has happened before during a pandemic.

A 90-year-old woman in Belgium came across both Alpha and Beta variants at the same time.

She was unvaccinated and doctors suspected she had contracted the dual viruses from two different people, before she died.

Previously Covid variants were called by their country of origin, whether it was the Indian variant, the Kent strain or the South African variant.

But some variants have now been renamed with experts calling them by Greek names.

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