Jung Eun-kyung, head of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Central Quarantine Countermeasures Headquarters), speaks at the ‘Omicron Occurrence Prospects and Future Task Discussion’ held at the Korea Press Center in Jung-gu, Seoul on the 7th. [이미지출처=연합뉴스]湲 蹂肄
[아시아경제 황수미 기자] The quarantine authorities said that the ‘Deltacrone’ Corona 19 mutant virus discovered in the Republic of Cyprus, an island country in the eastern Mediterranean, has not yet been confirmed in Korea.
On the 9th, the Central Quarantine Countermeasure Headquarters (Bangdaebon) answered a question asking about the possibility of a delta clone mutation discovered abroad entering Korea.
“The ‘Deltacrone’ reported in Cyprus is the addition of 10 specific mutations of the omicron mutation to the existing delta mutant virus,” said Bang Daebon. They expressed the opinion that additional information was needed.”
He added, “Since changes in the characteristics of delta acrones cannot be ruled out, we will continue to monitor whether they are imported into Korea and the trend of their occurrence.”
Earlier, on the 8th (local time), TAS news agency reported that experts from the Institute of Biotechnology and Molecular Virology at the University of Cyprus had discovered a hybrid mutant deltacron that was a mixture of delta and omicron mutations.
According to the report, the director of the Institute of Leontios Kostrikis said, “The new hybrid mutation is a combination of several mutant elements of the omicron on the genetic basis of the delta mutation. confirmed,” he explained.
“The deltacrone mutation was found in 25 samples collected in Cyprus, of which 11 samples were obtained from hospitalized patients with COVID-19 symptoms, and the remaining 14 samples were obtained from the general public.”
“We will see if the delta cloning mutation is more powerful, more contagious, or has a greater transmission power than the delta mutation or omicron mutation,” Kostrickis said.
The institute plans to send 25 nucleotide sequences of delta clones to an international database for additional testing.
Reporter Hwang Su-mi [email protected]
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