‘Deltacron’ detected in Queensland

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The new strain of the coronavirus has been detected in Queensland, with Queensland Health confirming 12 Queenslanders were infected with the strain, which comes just hours after New South Wales reported their first cases of the variant.

The new variant has been dubbed ‘Deltacron’, is a combination of Delta and Omicron strains of the virus, believed to have occurred when a person managed to contract both variants at the same time, causing them to mutate together.

World Health Organisation Senior Scientist Soumya Swaminathan said “We have known that recombinant events can occur, in humans or animals, with multiple circulating variants of #SARSCoV2. need to wait for experiments to determine the properties of this virus. Importance of sequencing, analytics & rapid data sharing as we deal with this pandemic,”

Studies are underway to determine how infectious the hybrid variant is.

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A new strain of the coronavirus has been detected in Queensland, just hours after New South Wales reported their first cases of the variant.

Queensland Health have confirmed there are up to 12 Queenslanders infected with the recombinant strain.

Queensland Health were on Friday night unable to confirm where the cases were detected within the state, or if any patients were receiving medical care.

This morning Queensland Heath reported that 8657 new cases had been recorded in the past 24 hours and, sadly, two more deaths.

The new variant, aptly dubbed ‘Deltacron’, is a combination of Delta and Omicron strains of the virus, a combination that experts say likely occurred when a person managed to contract both variants at the same time, causing them to mutate together.

The variant has been detected in Europe, the US, the UK, and now Australia after it was first discovered in February when a French laboratory detected evidence of a genetic mutation.

World Health Organisation Senior Scientist Soumya Swaminathan said that a combined variant was not unexpected.

“We have known that recombinant events can occur, in humans or animals, with multiple circulating variants of #SARSCoV2. need to wait for experiments to determine the properties of this virus. Importance of sequencing, analytics & rapid data sharing as we deal with this pandemic,” she tweeted.

Studies are underway to determine how infectious the hybrid variant is.

The development comes as the first images of Queensland’s most pandemic proof hospital were released.

Queensland today recorded 10,092 new cases of the virus and 9 deaths, while 91.84 per cent of the state is fully inoculated.

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