DOH Monitors Deltacron Presence in PH
DOH – The Department of Health spoke on the Deltacron version of COVID-19 which was found to be a combination of the Delta and Omicron variants.
The COVID-19 pandemic is not over – that is the recent warning of the World Health Organization (WHO) amid the easing of restrictions in most countries across the globe. While nations are speeding up their vaccination processes, cases are slowing down in several countries.
However, WHO reminded that the pandemic is not over in a place once it is not over everywhere as virus mutations may still take place. Recently, researchers found a new version of COVID-19 in some patients in France.
The researchers found that a few patients of COVID-19 in Europe and the United States are positive for “Deltacron” – a hybrid version that was found to be a combination of the two (2) variants of concern, Delta and Omicron.
The Department of Health (DOH) spoke on the Deltacron version of COVID-19 which was found to be a combination of the Delta and Omicron variants. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that there is still no clear characterization of the Omicron variant and the Department is still waiting for guidelines from WHO.
Duque stressed that there are only a few cases of Deltacron in Europe and America but assured that the Philippine Genome Center is monitoring the presence of the said hybrid version of COVID-19 in PH. According to DOH, they are always getting updates so the country can prepare in case the new version may bring heavy or serious threats.
The Omicron variant was found to be more infectious than the other variants of COVID-19 while the Delta variant was reported to be more serious. Both variants became global variants of concern after causing a spike in the cases in several countries.
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