UK health officials are tracking Delta’s COVID-19 hybrid strain, Omicron
The Deltacron clock is officially back on.
Last month, medical experts dismissed claims that a new COVID-19 variant — a combination of the fast-spreading Omicron and Delta strains — had been discovered.
But in a report published on Friday, UK health officials revealed that Deltacron is officially being monitored as a legitimate threat, The Mirror reported.
Delta and Omicron have proven to be more contagious than the original beetle form. However, it’s not yet clear how contagious or widespread the new strain is, with few reported cases.
Scientists believe the new variant evolved in a patient who received both the Omicron and Delta variants at the same time, the report said.
The development comes weeks after initial reports of a Deltacron variant were dismissed after a doctor in Cyprus reported discovering it.
Confirmed virus cases in the UK have fallen by 29% over the past week and by 76% since their peak earlier in the year.
The US has seen an even bigger drop in new cases, with the total down 46% over the past week and down 86% since mid-January to more than 1.1 million a day.
Fragments of strains distinct from all known COVID variants have also been found in New York City’s sewage system.