The recombinant, where two different variants merge together in a person, was named by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) in its weekly “variant
The recombinant, where two different variants merge together in a person, was named by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) in its weekly “variants in monitoring” list. This is a designation below “variant of concern” and “variant under investigation”. According to the reports, the super-mutant Deltacron is thought to have evolved in a patient who was infected with both variants at the same time.
However, it is not clear if it was imported or originated in Britain.
Officials from the UKHSA are not sure how infectious or severe the newly evolved virus is. The officials are yet to observe how much impact it will have on the ongoing vaccine programme.
A source at the UKHSA told Mail Online officials were “not concerned” by the variant because case numbers are “low”.
The agency has not revealed how many times it has been spotted.
Professor Paul Hunter, an infectious disease expert at the University of East Anglia, told MailOnline that it “shouldn’t pose too much of a threat” because the UK has huge levels of immunity against the original Delta and Omicron strains.
He said: “So at the moment I’m not overly worried.
“If both Delta and Omicron are falling then, in theory, this [variant] should struggle to take off.”
The finding comes as Britain’s Covid outbreak receded once more with daily cases, deaths and hospitalisations down in a week again.
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“The reason is because, at present, both Delta and most versions of Omicron… are falling quickly and Delta is almost extinct in this country.
“It [Deltacron] will have shared antigens from both Delta and Omicron and we already have high levels of immunity to those.
“So in theory it should not pose too much of a threat. But nobody can predict everything with certainty, but at the moment I am not overly worried.”