January 26, 2022

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Covid-19: The new deltoid variant would have been a laboratory error

Kovit-19: What do you know about the new “Deltacron” variant?

Over the weekend, a new variation is said to be available COVID-19 Called Deltrocron. Leondios Gostrigis, Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Cyprus and Head of the Laboratory of Biotechnology and Molecular Virology, who made the unexpected announcement, noted that this mutation shares the characteristics of delta and omigran species. However, some scientific institutes have pointed out that this finding may be the result of laboratory error.

Infections of Omigron and Delta have been documented. We have found a variation that combines the two“, He pointed out Gostrikis During an interview with Sigma TV. In fact, the discovery of the virus was named “Deltacron” after genetic traces of the Omigron variant were identified with delta-specific genes, Kostrikis noted.

Although the scientific community has studied the data of this discovery, it is believed that there is a genetic mix of variations, as the scientist said. “Cyprus ‘Deltacron’ lines seem to be clearly polluted by various major media outlets”Said Tom Peacock, a virologist at the Department of Infectious Diseases at Imperial College London.

For his part, Jeffrey Barrett, director of the Covit-19 genomic initiative at the Wellcome Sanker Institute in Great Britain, said that mutations may be part of a gene that is susceptible to errors in certain sequencing procedures.I firmly believe that this is not a biological reconstruction of the Delta and Omigron lineagesHe added.

Tom Peacock and Jeffrey Barrett, scientists who questioned the existence of the Deltacron variant.
Tom Peacock and Jeffrey Barrett, scientists who questioned the existence of the Deltacron variant.

According to a publication Bloomberg, Doctor Kostriskis and his team have identified 25 cases, whose statistical analysis reveals that the comparative frequency of combined infections is higher among patients admitted to the hospital for COVID-19 than to those who do not go to the health center.

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We will see in the future whether this variant is more pathological and contagious or whether it predominates over delta and omigran species.“, He pointed out Kostriskis, He emphasized it in his view, The deltacron may be obscured by the omigron variant.

Based on the information released, Kostrikis reaffirmed the above and confirmed that the cases were “” identified.An ancestral strain represents the evolutionary pressure to acquire these mutations and is not the result of a restorative event”.

When news of the alleged new variation was released, Cyprus Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantelas said he was proud that the discovery was made by his comrades; However, it did not provide further details about the latest findings.

Omigron in Peru

Confirmed diversity and its existence have raised all alarms in our country. In fact, 82% of the Govit-19 cases registered in metropolitan Lima are related to the Omigron variant., Deputy Minister of Benefits and Health Insurance of the Ministry of Health (MINCA), said Augusto Tarasona.

Authorities are urging people not to stop getting the three-dose vaccine.  02/12/2021 Exchange of vaccines against COVID-19 in Peru.  Policy El Comorcio / Zuma Press / ContactPhoto
Authorities are urging people not to stop getting the three-dose vaccine. 02/12/2021 Exchange of vaccines against COVID-19 in Peru. Policy El Comorcio / Zuma Press / ContactPhoto

So far this new variant has been detected in 14 regions and seven districts of Lima are on red alert. Because they exceed the number of cases of the second wave of corona virus.

The Ministry of Health (MINCA) has not ruled out that Covid-19 cases reach 150,000 infections per week in 21 days. During the second wave, a maximum of 60,000 cases per week spread. Due to the high infection rate of Omigran, that number is likely to be higher. Officials continue to emphasize the importance of using a mask, respect for social space, and regular hand washing and, in particular, the administration of three-dose vaccines.

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