A new mutated Covid strain is said to have been found in Cyprus – which is known as the Deltacron variant.
The strain is reported to be a combination of the Delta and Omicron variants.
25 cases of the strain were found, according to The express.
Leondios Kostrikis, professor of biological sciences at the University of Cyprus, has reported his findings to GISAID, the international database that tracks viruses that tracks viruses.
Professor Kostrikis said, “We shall see in the future whether this strain is pathological, more contagious, or whether it will prevail.”
11 of the 25 reported cases were found in people who had been hospitalized.
The discovery comes when Boris Johnson recognized the “terrible toll” of the coronavirus in the UK after official figures showed that more than 150,000 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19.
A scientist advising the government said the total, with a further 313 deaths announced on Saturday, was an “absolute tragedy” made worse because “many of them would be preventable if we got in earlier first and second wave ”.
With a total of 150,057 deaths using this method, Great Britain became the seventh country to cross the milestone, after the USA, Brazil, India, Russia, Mexico and Peru.
But separate numbers from the Office for National Statistics show that 174,000 deaths have now been recorded in the UK with Covid-19 mentioned on death certificates.
Professor Andrew Hayward, a member of the government’s Emergency Scientific Advisory Group (Sage), told BBC Radio 4’s PM program: “It is utterly tragic and to think that it has been repeated so many times is terrible.
“I think we could have done better. I think some of the deaths are even more tragic because many of them would be preventable if we had acted earlier in the first and second waves. “
The new deaths were announced as the NHS continues to face significant exposure to the Omicron variant and has high cases, although death rates from vaccines and the belief that the new strain is milder are nowhere near as high as they were earlier in the pandemic.
In a tweeted statement, the prime minister said: “Coronavirus has taken a terrible toll on our country and today the number of registered deaths has reached 150,000.
“Each and every one of you is a deep loss to affected families, friends and communities, and my thoughts and condolences go with you.
“Our way out of this pandemic is for everyone to get their booster or their first or second dose if they haven’t already.”
Another 146,390 laboratory-confirmed cases of coronavirus have also been recorded.