'Deltacron' is NOT outcompeting any Covid strain yet

‘Deltacronis NOT outcompeting any Covid strain yet as experts insist hybrid virus ‘doesn’t warrant particular attention

  • Hybrid was first indented in the UK in January but has not increased dramatically
  • Both and UK health officials and scientists are not overly concerned about it
  • No current evidence it causes more severe illness or makes jabs less effective
  • Reports that a hybrid Covid variant of Omicron and Delta is spreading across the world are not yet a cause for concern, scientists have said.

    Fears about ‘Deltacronwere raised again this week after the 세계보건기구 announced the super-mutant had been spotted in 프랑스, Holland and Denmark.

    But UK Health Security Agency bosses who have been tracking the strain for weeks have spotted just 32 domestic cases.

    While the hybrid variant has shown it can spread between people, experts and health authorities have insisted it is not growing at concerning rate and is unlikely to replace Omicron.

    로렌스 영 교수, a microbiologist from the University of Warwick, told MailOnline it was unlikely to result in a rise in severe disease.

    ‘Given waning immunity in the population and the removal of all restrictions, it is likely that Deltacron will spread but is unlikely to result in severe disease,’ 그는 말했다.

    ‘The BA.2 cousin of Omicron is currently spreading in the England and is more transmissible than the original Omicron variant.

    He added that while we don’t know how Deltacron will compete with Omicron there was no room for complacency and underlined the importance of continuing Covid vaccination and getting the elderly and vulnerable a second booster.

    Also commenting, Professor Ian Jones, a virologist at the University of Reading, 말했다 타임즈 it would be hard to see how the hybrid could outcompete the now dominant Omicron.

    ‘Omicron replaced Delta so a hybrid is a step back and unlikely to be ‘betterin any appreciable way,’ 그는 말했다.

    He added that unless monitoring shows that it could be a threat ‘it doesn’t warrant particular attention’.

    UKHSA have said they will continue monitoring Deltacron closely as it does with all variants.

    While Deltacron cases are in the UK, scientists and health officials have both said it is not a particular cause for concern (pictured commuters on the London underground last month)

    While Deltacron cases are in the UK, scientists and health officials have both said it is not a particular cause for concern (pictured commuters on the London underground last month)

    런던, Scotland and Northern Ireland are UK’s new Covid hotspotsand cases were rising in England BEFORE Freedom Day

    An Office for National Statistics (우리) report has revealed the UK’s new hotspots as the outbreak starts to grow again, 와 북 아일랜드, 스코틀랜드, 런던 and East England recording the highest rates.

    통계청 (우리) analysts estimate one in 13 people in Northern Ireland were carrying the virus on any given day in the week to March 5 — nearly as many as at the height of 오미크론.

    Covid is now more prevalent in Scotland than at any other point in the pandemic, 하나에 18 Scots positive in the first week of March, 또는 5.7 per cent of the entire population.

    Overall in England the ONS estimates that 2.07million (하나에 25) people were infected on March 5, but in the East, London and South East, the rate is closer to one in 20.

    The surveillance report also found infections were rising in England before all Covid laws were lifted on Freedom Day, suggesting the transition towards ‘living with Covidis not solely to blame for the latest surge.

    Modelling by the agency estimates that infections started to rebound on February 19, three days before the key milestone. 있었다 178,300 new infections that day, ONS에 따라, compared to the 28,344 officially reported by the Government’s Covid dashboard.

    다만 15 per cent of actual infections are being picked up by the central testing scheme, the ONS report suggests, compared to around 40 per cent earlier in the pandemic.

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    So far there has been no evidence that the hybrid variant make people more severely ill than other variants and likewise there are no signs Covid vaccines are less effective against it.

    Even if Deltacron cases were to start to increase rapidly the UK has high levels of immunity against both its parent strains thanks to uptake of Covid jabs and due to previous infections.

    Official data indicates nine in 10 eligible Britons have had at least one Covid vaccine and two thirds have had three.

    The hybrid of Omicron and Delta first emerged January 7, in a person who had both variants at the same time.

    Such combinations of different viruses can occur in such circumstances in a process called viral recombination.

    This can occur if viruses from both strains infected the same cell which enables them to potentially swap their genetic code and make a new version of the virus.

    하나, there is no guarantee that such a new version is any more harmful or virulent than its parents.

    This week the WHO warned Deltacron was starting to spread across Europe and it is also believed to have reached the US.

    WHO officials have said they are preparing a report into Delatacron which they plan to release in the near future.

    The latest UKHSA report on Covid, released just yesterday, found that of the 1,195 Covid samples sequenced 99.9 per cent were of the Omicron lineage with the remainder being of Delta ancestry.

    Omicron variant BA.2 continues to have a growth advantage over other versions of the Covid virus, the report also adds.

    In other Covid news today a report from the Office of National Statistics (우리) detailed how the outbreak is starting to grow again, 와 북 아일랜드, 스코틀랜드, 런던 and East England recording the highest rates.

    ONS analysts estimate one in 13 people in Northern Ireland were carrying the virus on any given day in the week to March 5 — nearly as many as at the height of 오미크론.

    Covid is now more prevalent in Scotland than at any other point in the pandemic, 하나에 18 Scots positive in the first week of March, 또는 5.7 per cent of the entire population.

    Overall in England the ONS estimates that 2.07million (하나에 25) people were infected on March 5, but in the East, London and South East, the rate is closer to one in 20.

    The surveillance report also found infections were rising in England before all Covid laws were lifted on Freedom Day, suggesting the transition towards ‘living with Covidis not solely to blame for the latest surge.