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21 Feb 2022

UK reports its first case of Deltacron—a hybrid of Omicron and Delta Covid Virus

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A new type of Coronavirus that is a hybrid form of Delta and Omicron has been detected in the United Kingdom, health officials said.

The UK Health Security Agency officials (UKHSA), however, said they are yet not worried about it as the cases are low.

According to MailOnline, the hybrid ‘Deltacron’ was developed in a patient who caught both variants, Delta and Omicron, at the same time.

The officials are probing whether it was imported or originated in Britain. They also said that they are yet to determine how infectious or severe the newly evolved virus is or whether it will impact vaccine performance.

A UKHSA source told MailOnline, “We monitor everything as a matter of course, but we are not particularly anxious about this variant. It is on that list just because we are currently looking at it.”

The super-mutant virus, whose scientific name is BA.1 + B.1.617.2, was first discovered by a researcher in Cyprus late last year.

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