The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed the existence of the Deltacron variant of the coronavirus, a combination of the Delta and Omicron mutations detected in Europe in France, Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany. Although the WHO has announced that it has been registered, clarifies that it has been found “at low levels”, according to statements by the epidemiologist of the same institution Maria Van Kerkhove.
“The first solid evidence of the Delta-Omicron mutation has been shared by the Institut Pasteur via GISAID. The analysis provides the definitive confirmation of the structure of the virus derived from GK/AY.4 and GRA/BA.1”, also points out GISAID scientific initiative, which sequences the cases of COVID-19 and the mutations of SARS-CoV-2.
According to the data submitted to GISAID, Deltacron would circulate since January 2022 in France along with other “genomes with a profile similar to that detected in Denmark and the Netherlands”. However, GISAID warns that more research is needed to determine the origin of Deltacron. GISAID counts 34 cases in France, 8 in Denmark, 1 in Germany 1 in the Netherlands of Deltacron, according to the latest published update.
“(Deltacron) has been detected in France, Denmark, but at low levels. Testing continues to be critical as part of the response to the COVID-19,” said Van Kerkhove. “It’s about having a good test, an intelligent and strategic test, not only to monitor the variants and evolution of the virus, but also to make sure people know where the virus is and get the right treatment,” he added.
Van Kerkhove pointed out at a press conference that more studies are being carried out on Deltacron, but that so far no “changes in the epidemiology or severity” of the disease have been observed.
Van Kerkhove has insisted that the pandemic is not over and that measures to contain the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus are necessary. ” We need to have a good system to understand what changes in viruses mean and we hope to see more combinations because that’s what viruses do, they change over time”, has expressed to make an appeal for restrictions that, although not involving confinement, involve the use of other tools to contain COVID-19 worldwide.
At the moment, the symptoms of the Deltacron variant of the coronavirus have not been indicated, although in the case of Delta the most common signs are sore throat, runny nose and fever, while Ómicron manifests muscle pain, of throat and head, sneezing and fatigue commonly.