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The WHO confirms a variant that combines Omicron and Delta but there is no evidence that it is more serious


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The World Health Organization (WHO) has not yet observed that the variant of coronavirus that combines Omicron and Delta is more serious than these two lineages separately.

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It is a combination of Delta AY.4 and Omicron BA.1. It has been detected in France, the Netherlands and Denmark, but at very low levels.” Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s leading epidemiologist, reported at a press conference this Wednesday from Geneva (Switzerland).

The expert has recognized that “this recombination was to be expected”; however, he has clarified that at the moment it has not been detected “no change in epidemiology or severity.” “But there are many studies underway,” has apostilled

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A study published this week by the Pasteur Institute (France) has found the first solid evidence of the existence of this recombinant variant, which was identified in various regions of France. In particular, viral genomes with a similar profile have also been identified in Denmark and Netherlands.

Until now, the WHO had said that ‘Deltacron’, the colloquial term with which this variant was called from some sectors, was the result of contamination during the sequencing process.

“What we believe is that it is the result of contamination that has occurred during the sequencing process. Having said that, . Whatever you can do to minimize your exposure to both SARS-CoV-2 and the flu will benefit you.” Van Kerkhove then pointed out.

Apart from this new variant, the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has shown his concern because “several countries are drastically reducing tests” diagnoses on COVID-19.

“This inhibits our ability to see where the virus is, how it is spreading and evolving. Testing remains a vital tool in our fight against the pandemic, as part of a comprehensive strategy.” has insisted.

In this regard, he warned that “Many countries in Asia and the Pacific are facing rising cases and deaths from COVID-19.” “The virus continues to evolve, and to distribute vaccines, tests and treatments in all the places where they are needed”has pointed.

On the other hand, Tedros has recalled that this Friday, March 11, marks two years since the pandemic was declared. “Two years later, more than 6 million people have died. Although reported COVID-19 cases and deaths are declining around the world, and several countries have lifted restrictions, the pandemic is far from over, and it will not end anywhere until it ends everywhere.”it is finished.

Source: Elcomercio

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